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Old 09-08-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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Video Card Recommendation


Anyone have a recommendation as to what video card works well with RHEL4? I currently have a Leadtek card that's using the nVidia GeForce4 MX generic driver, and it's not performing very well. I checked the HCL, but have no idea what is a good product, and what isn't. I'm looking to keep it relatively low budget, I just need a card that doesn't crash in Blender and that performs relatively well with some of the openGL applications I'm using (this card even runs slowly in the Fireflies screensaver)

Thanks so much for your help,
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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Any ndia or ati chipset card with atleast 64 should be enough for you.

I have a saphire ati radeon 9500 se card. AGP 4x 128 mb 400 mhz ram. Not a bad card for under 40 bucks!

I would say 128 mb. Newegg.com is a great place to start. Watch yourself on pricewatch. It is cheap for a reason.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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Any ndia or ati chipset card with atleast 64 should be enough for you.

I have a saphire ati radeon 9500 se card. AGP 4x 128 mb 400 mhz ram. Not a bad card for under 40 bucks!

I would say 128 mb. Newegg.com is a great place to start. Watch yourself on pricewatch. It is cheap for a reason.
See, the card I have has 64MB right now. Is there any way to tell how much video memory your OS is utilizing? I thought it might be a problem with the generic driver, but unfortunately, I'm still a categorical newbie, so I'm not sure how to do that...
 
Old 09-09-2005, 05:38 PM   #4
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go to system monitor that should tell you how much ram your system is using. normally it uses 128 to 256 depending on how many processses you have running.
 
Old 09-09-2005, 07:57 PM   #5
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I do not suggest using ATI cards in Linux. I suggest nVidia cards because they are easier to install.

I suggest a GeForce6 6200 or GeForce6 6600.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 04:05 PM   #6
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I agree with Electro, the NVIDIA driver is very easy to install in Linux.

If you provide us with more information about your computer we will be able make a more specific suggestion.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 07:15 PM   #7
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Yes, avoid ATI cards.
Nvidia is linux friendly, ATI is not.

Installing my ATI drivers has been a new nightmare with each and every distro I've ever tried
And I still have very flaky performance. Some games play great, others terribly.
 
Old 09-10-2005, 10:16 PM   #8
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I picked up a eVGA Nvidia 6800 at Tiger direct for 189.00 last month and I love it or try the 6600 for 129.00. These cards were over 500.00 in January of 2005 and are a great deal. I had a 5400 and it froze up constantly in linux but then again it was only 54.00. So you get what you pay for.
 
Old 09-11-2005, 12:31 AM   #9
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I'd say ATI isn't so bad with Linux anymore. My Radeon X300 performs well under Fedora Core 3, and driver installation was nice and simple.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 11:00 PM   #10
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I think that ATI is going to be stigmatized forever because they waited way too long to come out with an easy to install Linux driver, and even still it is extremely buggy. Like was stated earlier, some games run great, others stagger.

NVIDIA will retain the majority of avid Linux users because they've been there for us since the early days.
 
  


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