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    Default video card performance

    Background Information

    I know there's going to be a lot of "it depends" to this question.

    I need to reduce my power consumption. I am thinking of consolidating my existing cluster of 3 workstations and 1 windows machine into a cluster of 2 workstations, one of which will use vmware and wine as needed for windows software and entertainment (games).

    I'm not a fan of fps type games - my biggest video users are things like Civ 4 and Anarchy Online.

    Right now my entertainment system is a 32 bit Athlon XP chip with an AGP ATI X800 video card. The two workstations each have an HDAMA motherboard with PCI-X slots available.

    The new entertainment workstation would be getting a fresh install of OpenSUSE 11.x (likely 11.0 because if I can I'd do this this weekend).

    Questions

    First, will a PCI-X 16 video card work in one of these available slots at all (the motherboard name, above, is a link to the mfr website)?

    If it will, what type of card should I be looking for to be roughly equivalent to my existing performance given the PCI-X slots available?

    What type of card should I look for to get to the recommended "3 - 4 steps up the tier performance" to justify a new video card purchase?

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    Default Re: video card performance

    On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 17:16 +0000, Neophyte42 wrote:
    > BACKGROUND INFORMATION
    >
    > I know there's going to be a lot of "it depends" to this question.
    >
    > I need to reduce my power consumption. I am thinking of consolidating
    > my existing cluster of 3 workstations and 1 windows machine into a
    > cluster of 2 workstations, one of which will use vmware and wine as
    > needed for windows software and entertainment (games).
    >
    > I'm not a fan of fps type games - my biggest video users are things
    > like Civ 4 and Anarchy Online.
    >
    > Right now my entertainment system is a 32 bit Athlon XP chip with an
    > AGP ATI X800 video card. The two workstations each have an 'HDAMA'
    > (http://tinyurl.com/oobrd) motherboard with PCI-X slots available.
    >
    > The new entertainment workstation would be getting a fresh install of
    > OpenSUSE 11.x (likely 11.0 because if I can I'd do this this weekend).
    >
    >
    > QUESTIONS
    >
    > First, will a PCI-X 16 video card work in one of these available slots
    > at all (the motherboard name, above, is a link to the mfr website)?


    No. PCI-X is NOT PCIe (PCI Express). Don't confuse PCIe with PCI-X.
    PCI-X is a 64bit PCI slot that is clocked at 66Mhz or higher (usually
    100 or 133Mhz). With that said, PCI-X even if a video card exists
    (and I don't think it does) is not really that fast... at least not
    in comparison to your AGP card you have today.

    >
    > If it will, what type of card should I be looking for to be roughly
    > equivalent to my existing performance given the PCI-X slots available?


    On that motherboard, you'll want to use the onboard graphics... it
    will be slow... you can get some PCI video cards that might
    be a bit faster, but probably many times slower than your existing
    AGP card.

    >
    > What type of card should I look for to get to the recommended "3 - 4
    > steps up the tier performance" to justify a new video card purchase?
    >
    >


    Get a different motherboard that either has AGP or PCIe slots in
    it (if PCIe, get one that at least has a x16 connector otherwise
    you'll have to get out the saw).



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