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Old 07-22-07, 08:37 PM   #1
Darkstar
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Question Recommendations on nVidia cards needed

Ok, I am about ready to give up on trying to get an ATI X1900 video card to work on my home media center (apparently the Linux drivers for it are a mess and will not work on my system) so I thought I would see what nVidia has to offer... So I wonder if anyone would like to offer me a bit of “free” advice on which cards from nVidia will fit my needs and work well for me?

I am running a dual core Intel x86_64 system which dual boots to Windows XP Pro and openSuSE 10.2. I have a PCI Express x16 slot and I need the card to handle two monitors in a cloned mode. I am connecting to my main monitor, a Westinghouse LVM-42W via DVI or HDMI cables and want to run it with a resolution of 1920x1080p (or interlaced). The smaller secondary monitor is a VESA 800x600 display.

My system also has the Hauppage TV card and an ATI HDTV card that I will want to use with the display from these going through the nVidia video card.

So does anyone have thoughts on which card and drivers will work well for me? Much appreciated and thanks for suggestions...

Marc....
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Old 07-23-07, 04:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Recommendations on nVidia cards needed

What's your price range?

~$100 7600 to 8600
~$200 7950 to 8800

Don't bother with anything lower than a 7300 to 8500.

Your nVidia card will be able to handle all 2D and 3D applications with stability and performance you'd expect. You'll wonder why you bought an ATI/AMD card. Yes, Matt, it is that bad. (Tippett that is)
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Old 07-23-07, 09:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Recommendations on nVidia cards needed

AFAIK the best for now is Geforce7 family.

The GPUs supported by driver for now are Geforces: FX,6,7,8.
Earlier Geforces than FX are not supported by current most developed 100.x driver and do not have all features you can get on Linux.
The Geforce8 family is too much new and some performance and features issues are present (it is reported to be slower than previous models and lack some features older have: XvMC hardware MPEG-2 real time decompressor and full hardware 2D acceleration).
Geforce 6800 (NV40/NV45) has broken video processor by hardware design so it is better to avoid it.
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Old 07-26-07, 01:56 AM   #4
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Default Re: Recommendations on nVidia cards needed

Thanks mooninite and zbiggy for your replies... I am looking for something under $200 and will look hard at the GeForce7 family... As I mention, my primary concern is to find something reasonably good that is well supported and works under Linux... I suspect the Windows side will work no matter what I get..

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