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Old 11-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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Whats the Best supported GPU card under Linux ?


The GPU Options are:

PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5
PCI-Express 3.0, "Go! Green", DL-DVI, native-HDMI, DisplayPort, Passive edition

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640 2GB PhysX CUDA
PCI-Express 3.0, "ZONE Edition", DDR3, 2xDVI, mini-HDMI, Heatsink

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB PhysX CUDA
PCI-Express 3.0, "Windforce 2X OC", GDDR5, DL-DVI-D+DL-DVI-I, HDMI, DP, 1033Mhz

Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 1GB Ultimate Edition
silent

MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

So, what card is best supported under Kubuntu/Mythbuntu ?
It will be used in a HTPC/silent gaming rig.

The rest of the hardware is :

CPU:
Intel® Core i5-3570K Processor
Socket-LGA1155, Quad Core, 3.4Ghz, 6MB,
Cooler:
Big Shuriken 2 rev. B

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB CL9
Kit w/4x 4GB XMS3 modules, CL9-9-9-24, 1.5V, Vengeance Heatspreader, 240

MBO:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, Socket-1155
ATX, Z68, DDR3, 3xPCIe(3.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA 6Gb/s,USB3.0,FW,
VGA,DVI,HDMI, EFI

HDD:
Western Digital® Desktop Black 1TB
SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 3.5", Dual processor

Chassy:
Silverstone Lascala LC16B-M HTPC

PSU:
Corsair AX 850W PSU ATX 12V V2.31, 80 Plus Gold, Modular, 4x 6+2-pin PCIe, 12x SATA
 
Old 11-03-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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How are you picking these video cards? They are all over the place.

IMO 'gaming' cards in HTPCs arent a great idea. They run hot and use a lot of power, which isnt what you want in a HTPC, and makes life pretty much impossible if you want 'silent'...its pretty hard to wick away 150watts+ (which is typical of gaming cards) of heat without a fan.

For gaming, fastest to slowest- GTX 660-> HD 7750-> GT640-> HD 6570.

WD black is also not the best idea if you are trying to be quiet/silent, they are fairly noisy.

An SSD + a 'green' drive would be about the same cost, quieter, faster (in most cases apart from access speed to the large HDD). speed to the HDD wont matter much, you can play media from much slower HDDs with no problem.

I'd also suggest dropping the AX-850 for a seasonic X-650 gold. 650 watts is more than you will need (unless you are planning on running SLI/crossfire and/or doing some major overclocking) and the seasonic X-650 is quieter than the AX-850
 
Old 11-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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I would get the Geforce GTX 660 Ti, it's better than the regular 660 and at the same or lower price.

The rest looks good. I recommend AGAINST the "green" drives, as they tend to have firmware issues. I would actually buy a Seagate drive, but it is personal preference. Most modern HDDs will be LESS noisy than any fan you have in there, so it is not something I would consider important. The "green" drives also wear themselves down by spinning down all the time, and so will last less.

Also, most gaming rigs are not silent, but they can be less noisy, mostly it depends on the fans you choose. Some people choose liquid cooling, but it has its risks.

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I would get the Geforce GTX 660 Ti, it's better than the regular 660 and at the same or lower price.
No, they arent generally. GTX 660's go for about $200-250, GTX 660 Ti's $275-325+.

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Most modern HDDs will be LESS noisy than any fan you have in there, so it is not something I would consider important.
If you've got normal noisy fans, fair enough, but the OP was talking about running fanless. If you run fanless (or even with fans downvolted or quiet fans in some cases) its amazing how fast the 'clatter clatter clatter' of HDDs can get to you.

From personal expereince, I can say that the WD greens are quieter than the blacks, and its true of all the 'slow' 5900/5400/5000 RPM HDDs vs 7200/10,000 RPM HDDs.

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The "green" drives also wear themselves down by spinning down all the time, and so will last less.
I disagree completely.

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #5
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How are you picking these video cards? They are all over the place.

IMO 'gaming' cards in HTPCs arent a great idea. They run hot and use a lot of power, which isnt what you want in a HTPC, and makes life pretty much impossible if you want 'silent'...its pretty hard to wick away 150watts+ (which is typical of gaming cards) of heat without a fan.

For gaming, fastest to slowest- GTX 660-> HD 7750-> GT640-> HD 6570.

WD black is also not the best idea if you are trying to be quiet/silent, they are fairly noisy.

An SSD + a 'green' drive would be about the same cost, quieter, faster (in most cases apart from access speed to the large HDD). speed to the HDD wont matter much, you can play media from much slower HDDs with no problem.

I'd also suggest dropping the AX-850 for a seasonic X-650 gold. 650 watts is more than you will need (unless you are planning on running SLI/crossfire and/or doing some major overclocking) and the seasonic X-650 is quieter than the AX-850
I picked some cards that are supposed to be silent, even if some of them do have fans.

I am considering a Western Digital Desktop Blue 1TB
in stead of the WD Black.

Last edited by supermagnum; 11-03-2012 at 10:12 AM.
 
Old 11-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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I dont know who was telling you those cards are 'meant to be silent'. Whoever it was, they dont know the hardware very well....

PowerColor Radeon HD 7750..great, someone told you to get a 7750 with a fan when there are passive cooled/fanless models avaible-

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-702.shtml
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161417

ZOTAC GeForce GT 640, zotac makes so many cards they should have specified the model (its the 'ZONE Edition' if you care).

I havent heard a MSI N660 TF or Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660, but I'd guess they will be loud or very loud. I have heard my housemates Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti with the same (AFAIK) Windforce 2X OC cooler...it drives me insane from another room if he doesnt close his door.
 
  


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