Good graphics card for opensuse under $75?

I’m looking for a good graphics card that:

  1. Works with opensuse 11.1 or later

  2. Is under $75

  3. Good/capable of 1440 x 900 resolution.

Any recommendations?

Hi
AGP, PCI, PCIe or PCIe 2.0?

VGA or DVI or both?

Nvidia of course :wink:

I think the 7300 are pretty good bang for you buck, but 6,7,8,9 series
should be fine, just check the spec pages…

You could always get (cheaper) SLI capable ones and run a pair in SLI if
the M/B supports it.


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Further to malcolmlewis suggestion, you could also check to see if you can get a nVidia card that is VDPAU compatible. VDPAU will allow you to play back selected high definition videos (of specific codecs) with minimal load on your PC’s CPU (with mplayer). It is hoped that this capability will eventually be expanded to vlc and xine. Some links:

Thanks for the help. When you say the NVidia 7300, do you mean this? Amazon.com: Nvidia Geforce 7300LE, Low Profile Support / 256MB DDR2 / Pci-express /support: Electronics

I believe my monitor came with cables for both VGA and DVI but I’m not 100% certain.

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Here is a GT version
http://tinyurl.com/yjp38l7

Not sure about sparkle… you need to check some reviews.

I would also look at what silent versions (passive, no fan) are
available in your price range, less noise, one less thing to break :wink:


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Thanks. One question:

  1. What’s a “GT version” mean. how is it diff/better?

Also, how do I know which is “better” than another. For example, I found these passive ones but have no idea if they’re better than the 7300 I found first or the sparkle one.

Every month, Tom’s Hardware does a round up of graphics cards. They include a chart of the hierarchy of cards.

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart - Review Tom’s Hardware : Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November '09

My card is on that chart just above “crayons and old cardboard.” :wink:

In your range is a couple of Radeon cards and the nVidia GeForce 9600 GSO. Others here can tell you if they are any good for suse. I simply don’t know.

Hi
Does your motherboard support PCIe 2.0? If so the 9xxx series, if not
the 8xxx series;

To how they run just check the board specifications for cpu, memory
etc :slight_smile: It all depends on you system as well :wink:


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How do I find out if my motherboard supports PCIe 2.0?

Your motherboard manual should tell you.

I supposed you could try from your /home/username directory:
su -c ‘dmidecode > dmidecode.txt’
and look for words that say something like “PCI Express” ,

or perhaps try:
su -c ‘dmidecode | grep xpress’
or
su -c ‘lspci | grep xpress’
but I’m not certain how accurate that is. Best way IMHO is to check the manual!

Edit - I do not know know what version PCI-e those commands will mean.

On Mon, 2009-11-09 at 16:16 +0000, 6tr6tr wrote:
> I’m looking for a good graphics card that:
>
> 1. Works with opensuse 11.1 or later
>
> 2. Is under $75
>
> 3. Good/capable of 1440 x 900 resolution.
>
> Any recommendations?

Well… you certainly don’t need much.

Something you might still be able to get is
an Nvidia 8600 gt. If you want nice 3D performance
for gaming, find the 8600 gts.

If you just have to have the new stuff like
VDPAU and CUDA, then you might want to look
at the GT 220.

I have a 7600 GT… that’s capable of playing
UT2004 at 1920x1200 even with compiz.

So… you can really save big bucks if you
go used.

As far as a graphics card goes, I’m not sure
I’d recommend anything that wasn’t Nvidia
based right now.

I don’t know about CUDA, but VDPAU is in essence the Linux implementation of Pure Video (for Windows) and it does not need a fast processor card. For example my old 32-bit athlon-2800 now has a GeForce 8400 GS (w 512MB RAM on card) and it plays High Definition Videos smoothly that some low speed dual core PCs can not handle.

If one wishes VDPAU what the graphic card selection does need is some research in advance to see what feature set of VDPAU the card under consideration supports: VDPAU - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This does not always go hand-in hand with a faster more expensive card. Sometimes its the opposite.

On Tue, 2009-11-10 at 06:46 +0000, oldcpu wrote:
> cjcox;2062630 Wrote:
> > If you just have to have the new stuff like VDPAU and CUDA, then you
> > might want to look at the GT 220.I don’t know about CUDA, but VDPAU is in essence the Linux
> implementation of Pure Video (for Windows) and it does not need a fast
> processor card. For example my old 32-bit athlon-2800 now has a GeForce
> 8400 GS (w 512MB RAM on card) and it plays High Definition Videos
> smoothly that some low speed dual core PCs can not handle.

I probably should have said that VDPAU is not available
on all cards and that while some older architecture cards
have the capability (though possible at an older rev level…
consider that as a warning), you will have to consider used.

With that said, it’s probably only of interest if considering
HD. DVD video (480p) should do fine with an 800Mhz Pentium III or
better (noting that a 1.7Ghz Pentium IV is not necessarily better).

I did mention a 8xxx card in my reply. I also mentioned
going used. YMMV with regards to using the older version
levels of the protocol.

I wonder if they rate ISPs. I am sure mine would be somewhere on the chart close to 2 Tin Cans and a String.

I have ATI Radeon HD 4650, and whilst it worked with 11.1, in 11.2 I am actually finding the “autoscroll” speed in Firefox, is so lightening quick, it is actually too fast! It absolutely blazes now, much faster than Win 7 & Vista.

ATI have published the Docs and assisting the quest of FOSS drivers, the Kernel has Mode Setting, and AMD/ATI are establishing Open Standards rather than attempting proprietary lock in.

The reason I got that card, was it’s power consumption is low, making it a painless upgrade, with no danger of over-taxing the OEM power supply, a year later (almost) it was still rated as the “best buy at $50 mark”.

The Nvidia drivers have in long run, proved more trouble than they were worth to me, I end up using cards with FOSS drivers, many years after Nvidia put them on the legacy list and stop providing updates. Furthermore, there have been bouts of large stability issues with Nvidia’s binary drivers at various times.

I’ve found Radeon HD’s OpenGL support good enough to run graphics intensive programs under Windows, any driver advantage reading round appears to lie on the Linux side. If you follow the sites closely, you’ll know Nvidia are a company who are currently facing big challenges.

Whoops, I meant I can use cards of similar age to ones that Nvidia drop and make ‘2D’, because they had FOSS support from the get go, and Xorg still puts out drivers.

A point I meant to make, was that if you have AGP Mobtherboard to forget it. There was a price premium and high power consumption, making it more effective to swap out, CPU, mobo, memory and grafix.