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Old 01-27-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
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Which works better on linux ATI vs Nvidia ?


I am going to buy a new VGA [isa] for my computer, I was having an old nvidia 6200 LE which is soo poor I want to buy any 9 series of nvida or maybe the new 200 series.

I heard so many talks about the nvidia driver on linux and its closed source compared to ATI open sourced driver. Is it then ATI works better on linux ? or Nvidia [I love nvidia] works fine on linux ?

I want to use this VGA to watch 720p and 1024I HD videos and to play some windows games
 
Old 01-27-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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Of the two, I would go with nVidia.

I'm not going to go into details about my personal preference for nVidia, nor type out the same stuff that's been typed already in other similar threads; but if you search the forums here a little bit, you can find a lot of very similar threads where the exact same question has been asked

People will always give both subjective, and objective answers to this sort of query. But if you love nVidia, then go for nVidia for sure. Yes, it works very well with Linux!

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for your replay
I do have searched forums about my question but most of them is out of date oldies.
And now nvidia is making some new features for linux, maybe ATI doing the same
 
Old 01-27-2010, 11:41 PM   #4
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VGA is 640 by 480, but today's displays reach far from that resolution. All video cards can handle this resolution. If you are using an LCD screen, you have to use its native or rated normal resolution which could be several times larger. An ISA card will not be able to handle very, very high resolution because of its bandwidth limitations even if the color space is using YUV (chrominance and illuminance).

nVidia is the only company that invest time to provide reliable and stable software for just about any operating system. Also they provide VA API through their own API called VDPAU. VDPAU is a VA API in Linux that helps the main processor decode videos that uses a certain video codecs that it supports.

Using drivers from ATI will make your setup unreliable and unstable in any operating system. Sure their cards might be faster than nVidia's at this time, but ATI software is just pathetic. Unfortunately, the open source unofficial software for ATI is better, but is far from supporting all the features of the device. I would only suggest ATI cards for casual use, but not for decoding high definition videos, 3D rendering, and does not mind using unofficial open source drivers.

If you are going to play games in Linux, buy the high end models from nVidia. Linux uses OpenGL that renders graphics independently from the main processor, so a high end graphics card is needed to get good performance. A low end card will do just fine for decoding high resolution videos, but a high end card is needed to handle games.
 
Old 01-29-2010, 03:52 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Electro View Post

Using drivers from ATI will make your setup unreliable and unstable in any operating system.
This just is not true. I've used a radeon HD4850 in Ubuntu 9.10 with the catalyst drivers (and in other linux distributions with the open source drivers) and have not had any stability problems.

On the other hand, when I used an nvidia cards, I was constantly having crashes.

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Old 02-01-2010, 11:01 PM   #6
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I think nVidia ruled in linux by its VDPAU API.
Is that 100% true ?
 
  


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