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Old 08-04-2014, 12:33 PM   #1
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ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition 2GB Drivers?


Hello everybody, was wondering if anyone has the ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition 2GB graphics card in their computer. I'm thinking of adding this card to my eOS desktop to remove some strain on the CPU from the Intel HD integrated graphics. Anyway, I heard that Nvidia Gpu's are hard to get working in Linux(I also saw Linus flipping off Nvidia). I was wondering if anyone has this card and could tell me if the drivers are any good and if the card is any good, cause it's pretty good value imho. I do plan to do some mild gaming(mainly Tropico 5 when it's released). Thanks in advance.
 
Old 08-04-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I will be using a dual monitor setup. The main reasons for choosing this GPU is its price and DUAL-DVI ports.

If anyone's interested:
http://www.zotacusa.com/geforce-gt-6...60403-10l.html
 
Old 08-04-2014, 01:08 PM   #3
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I don't know which drivers are included in your choice of distro but in Debian Sid the NVIDIA drivers are very current and I suspect in Ubuntu and derivatives they're current enough for what is now a fairly old card. I've a GT 640 and it works flawlessly.
If your chosen distribution doesn't have NVDIA drivers in the repositories the binary installer NVIDIA provide on their site works a treat also if you read some documentation and do things in the right order.
I'm not sure where you got the idea NVIDIA GPUs are hard to get working on Linux -- they've historically been much easier to get going than ATI/AMD. Perhaps you have been reading of the dual graphics card technology in laptops which it still causing some issues? Linus's bird flipping was, I think, over a few technical issues and some politics not completely related to end-user GPU support.
 
Old 08-04-2014, 01:11 PM   #4
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I am quite truly, a noob. So it's pretty likely I am wrong about all the graphics card stuff and whatnot. It was just something i had heard of. I'm using Elementary Os Luna, which by itself is based of Ubuntu 12.04, however I have updated the kernel to match Ubuntu 14.04's kernel.
 
Old 08-04-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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And even if the card is quite old, I frankly don't care too much. It has 2 DVI-D ports and it's in my budget. I think 2gb of GDDR3 will be fine, I'm pretty sure I don't need GDDR5 for the tasks I will be doing with it. Since I won't be running Steam OS or playing graphics intensive games, I think it should be fine.

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And thank you very much for the quick answer.
 
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Oh, calling the card old was no insult -- I'm sure it's a capable card. I mentioned it because it does take time for Linux drivers to come out for cards and make it into the distributions. So, for example, a 760 Ti may mean you had to use the driver from the NVIDIA website or do something else as the driver included in your OS could be too old. Before I remember I'm skint I've been known to eye up the last generation of cards on Amazon and the like so I note the time it takes for drivers to go mainstream.
 
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The GT630 will work fine with any somewhat recent distribution, just install the proprietary drivers and you will be fine. Nvidia offers the best quality graphics cards driver you can get for Linux, IMHO, for that reason I just switched back myself to a Nvidia card.

Regarding Linus flip-off against Nvidia, that was not directed to their desktop cards, but their laptop Optimus technology and the fact that Nvidia is not known for working well together with the kernel team.
 
  


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