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  • #16
    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    Did you read the article? 190.53 was the stable driver tried.
    Yes, actually, but only as well as most articles on the Internet are read. Did you proof read your own article?

    Page 3: "On the s/w side was Ubuntu 9.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, X Serv 1.6.4, and the NVIDIA 195.30 beta display driver was installed."

    Further down the page, The 190.53 driver is mentioned. It's still unclear which driver was used for the tests.
    A "Test Setup" page would be a nice inclusion with full details of the hardware and software used in the review.
    (I was looking for such a page when I posted my comment, and the first driver mention I saw was the 195.30, so I assumed it was in use.)

    It appears the 190.53 drivers were chosen for the tests because of an inability to overclock with the 195.30 driver, even though everything else was fine? I'm amused at the review utilising a "more broken, albeit stable" driver (190.53) which gave the impression of being able to overclock - when in actual fact nothing happened. Whereas the 195.30 beta driver doesn't auto-adjust the clock speeds.

    Why try to overclock a GT240? It's a mainstream card, not a high-end performance card - We're linux gamers and media enthusiasts (VDPAU). Very good price, (hopefully) very long hardware life due to the cooler 40nm tech (Zotac offer a 5yr warranty if you register and a few other vendors have a standard 3 year warranty).

    Summary: I would have preferred the card be tested with stable and beta drivers, not just one version. Nonetheless, thank you for the review, looking forward to seeing if the GT240 (or the Nvidia drivers) ever pull their weight under Linux, making a GT240 purchase worthwhile for me - or if I have to 'hang out' another 9 months waiting for the mainstream GF300 series (or simply WINE/nvidia improvements to help my aging 8600GT).
    That said, VDPAU Feature Set C makes this card a good purchase for media enthusiasts (additional decoding of various video formats, high quality up-scaling and sharpening).
    Last edited by Lukian; 01-25-2010, 01:33 AM.

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    • #17
      Since this card is supposed to support LPCM 7.1 audio, i would like to see some effort at least to verify the status of that function.. i know it's not the most widely wanted function, and that it needs a a/v amplifier that supports lpcm 7.1, equipment you might not have access to, but it's critical none the less for htpc usage.

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      • #18
        A quick benchmark to see if the "Fixed a bug that prevented performance level transitions on recent GPUs with SDDR3 and GDDR5 memory." fix in the latest (195.36.15) nvidia drivers fixes the GT 240 performance issues would be very much appreciated!

        http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22597

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        • #19
          Are the GT 240's performance issues resolved with the "bug that prevented performance level transitions on recent GPUs with SDDR3 and GDDR5 memory" fix in the 195.36.15 drivers?

          http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...538#post117538

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Lukian View Post
            Are the GT 240's performance issues resolved with the "bug that prevented performance level transitions on recent GPUs with SDDR3 and GDDR5 memory" fix in the 195.36.15 drivers?

            http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...538#post117538

            I am following the instructions here (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...195.36.15.html) I'm using Suse (and new to linux) I'll do some tests and comment.

            Sorry for my English is not very good. :S

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            • #21
              Thank you! I'm eagerly awaiting any benchmarks comparing the latest drivers to the old ones, as I need to purchase a new graphics card in the near future.

              My current options are either the GT240, or to wait for the affordable low-power consumption cards in the GT400 series.

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              • #22
                Then you have to wait for santa i guess

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Kano View Post
                  Then you have to wait for santa i guess
                  Santa 2010, or 2011?

                  (Not that it matters any more, nvidia's midrange and low-end GF4xx series will be out in September)

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                  • #24
                    Midrange yes, not sure about low-end - of course 2010.

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