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Old 01-05-2005, 05:33 PM   #1
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PCI-Express cards


I am building a new PC and the current graphics cards tend to the the PCI-Express cards

Has any one tried to use on of these cards with Linux and in particular SuSe?

Did it work OK,

Any sugestions most welcome

Old 01-05-2005, 06:05 PM   #2
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Just a bit of info.
I found this at nVidia:
Linux Display Driver - IA32

Version: 1.0-6629
Operating System: Linux IA32
Release Date: November 5, 2004

Release Highlights

* Added support for GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT.
* Added support for Quadro FX 4000 SDI
* Added support for 512 MB framebuffers.
* Improved support for GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language).
* Improved performance for VBO (OpenGL Vertex Buffer Objects).
* Improved support for Linux 2.6 kernels.
* Improved support for PCI Express.
Old 01-05-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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Nvidia is the way to go if you're going to do PCI Express. Their binary drivers are fantastic! But, I would NOT recommend PCI Express. Do you know that almost every PCI Express card can work with the bandwidth provided by AGP 4x? AGP 8x is quite unnecessary as well.

The only reason you might need PCI Express 16x is if you were to store the caches on your system ram instead of the onboard ram on the card. This is a stupid marketing scheme as well. This won't speed anything up, it will just allow graphics card companies to cut costs while keeping prices the same, since they won't have to put so much ram on their cards. Though in the high-end workstation market, where cards have upwards of 512MB, this is actually a usefull technology. But you're not building a workstation. And I'm assuming you're running Linux. So why get a nice graphics card? If you want to run games, go Windows, because the DirectX API works best, almost exclusivly, on Windows. And if you are gaming on Linux, such as Doom3... well, go for the PCI Express if you have to. I'd stick with a AGP 8X board, just since AGP technology has been around a lot longer, is more stable, and better supported. And get an AMD because they work better at compiling and games. =)
Old 01-07-2005, 04:50 PM   #4
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Thank you

Thank you everyone for the information,

The reason for PCI-E is the motherboard I was looking at ASUS says it only support PCI-E graphics card and not AGP for example.

My other thought was to install a standard PCI card into one of the PCI slots, but the motehrboard said only PCI-E so I am not sure if this would work I will have to speak with the vendor,

Thanks very one any further information most welcome



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