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Old 06-10-2006, 02:17 AM   #1
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Good graphics card??

Whats a decent graphics for gentoo?? Are the ATI drivers up to par with Nvidia??

Basically, whats a good value without going top of the line, but mid to low-range to replace my current POS nvidia 4200 geforce fx??

Also, how can I tell whether or not the card will fit into my computer (I've never installed a graphics card before..)


edit to add:
is this a good one?

Last edited by flamesrock; 06-10-2006 at 02:25 AM.
Old 06-10-2006, 02:49 AM   #2
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Anything with Nvidia tacked on to the start. The ATI drivers are reasonable when they work but Nvidia updates more frequently and the linux drivers are on par with the Windows ones. The Nvidia devs take an interest in the linux community rather than just port the driver.

The ATI 9800 is getting on a bit, if you're looking for a good mid-range card I'd suggest a Geforce 6800 Ultra or maybe a 7300. The 7600 is the ultimate "budget" card IMO but it's mid-to-high range rather than mid-to-low. A good quality 6800 will run just about anything you chuck at it and well. Something to note is don't just look at how much memory it has, a 256MB card running at 350MHz isn't as good as a 128MB card running at 500MHz. Shop around and take in the information.

As to whether it will fit, 99% of current video cards are either AGP or PCI Express and it depends on your motherboard as to which will fit. Look up the site for your mobo, it'll tell you the info you need


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