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  • #46
    I agree with deppman except for the ' no muss, no fuss' part. Imho, it's quite the YMMV situation and depends on a lot of variables. I've had it go smooth and other times, had to run through hoops until it works. But, for the most part, if you have a recent card, it should be okay with either the driver your distro's repo provides or with the Nvidia installer.

    But, sometimes things go wrong and you need a clean install. Upgrading the driver requires the 'old stuff' removed and I'm not sure the installer always does a good job that way.

    As for powerful hardware cards that run hot/high power, I think they are both comparable. However, Nvidia has the lower end cards being more efficient than AMD. Their Maxwell cards are more efficient. I guess if you are running the high-end gamers card, it depends but I read a lot of complaints about the Catalyst drivers.

    But, not sure FOSS drivers are going to be optimal for gamers/games. Also, there's a few complaints about GLAMOR and questions whether hardware acceleration works or not. I also would like to get an AMD card but I already have some trouble with Nvidia but it's liveable. It sounds like AMD is a more frustrating experience regardless of which driver you go with. There's pros/cons with either driver or missing features with FOSS and major bugs/headaches with the blob.

    I want a card that I can watch video on with all features working but that would allow me to play a game or two if I wanted. I read of some complaints when rendering the desktop or just doing basic tasks but noticing bugs. I think the Nvidia driver install is really annoying but once it's installed, it's okay. It doesn't sound like Catalyst is much smoother and people here seem to be really disappointed each time a new update is released. There's always some bug that remains or something that frustrates a user so that they exclaim they're switching to a Nvidia card.

    I'd like to just slip the card in and run an open source driver but I haven't read enough info/posts showing that the experience is really good yet. Always missing features and that's a deal breaker for me.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Panix View Post
      I want a card that I can watch video on with all features working but that would allow me to play a game or two if I wanted. I read of some complaints when rendering the desktop or just doing basic tasks but noticing bugs. I think the Nvidia driver install is really annoying but once it's installed, it's okay. It doesn't sound like Catalyst is much smoother and people here seem to be really disappointed each time a new update is released. There's always some bug that remains or something that frustrates a user so that they exclaim they're switching to a Nvidia card.

      I'd like to just slip the card in and run an open source driver but I haven't read enough info/posts showing that the experience is really good yet. Always missing features and that's a deal breaker for me.
      I agree with most stuff you wrote and I can maybe give you the info you need to decide.
      If I knew wihich kind of games you play... if it is not heavy load like metro last light or other AAA titles through WINE you might want to go with an last generation APU like richland 6700 or 6800 and fast RAM. The OSS driver is very mature here.

      My experience:

      I had a nvidia gtx 260 over 3 years on opensuse with recent kernel and sometimes the blob just installed, sometimes not and it broke X, but I always could figure out a way to get it back.

      2 years ago I went for an amd radeon HD 7950 and used catalyst because OSS driver was not supported. Performance was good, some bugs here and there, I donīt know if more than with nvidia because gaming on linux was not an option at that time. so catalyst was more tested / used for 3D stuff on linux than nvidia ever was, so I obviously had to find more bugs.

      9 months ago I switched to OSS driver because I just wanted to try and to see if the improvements I read about are true. And because XBMC 13 alpha was said to have superior video (and HD audio) support through OSS driver than with blob. So I switched my desktop and also my HTPC with AMD APU E350 to the OSS driver and what was promised came true:

      the pros:
      - no fuss with kernel updates anymore, no need for manual installs, it just works
      - less bugs with gaming and video accel / watching
      - openGL 3.x compliance, which is enough for all native linux games out there I have (I own 93 linux-steam games, which I all tested); I encountered some bugs with serious sam 3 and the X3 series in the earlier days but those are gone since some weeks
      - HD audio
      - less lag / stutter in some games (e.g. source engine)
      - higher video acceleration performance and MORE features through VDPAU (like some deinterlacing stuff) than catalyst
      - on glamor (HD 7950) same felt 2d desktop performance than with catalyst, on r600 the performance is only ok, but I only have this very slow e350 apu, so thats to be expeced.

      the cons:
      - with HD7950 raw / peak performance with OSS is lower than with catalyst, but still less micro-stutters.
      - no openGL 4 (if you need it)
      - no overclocking, no crossfire
      - no catalyst control center, only simpler tools, but enough for me
      - you have to run a recent stuff: kernel >3.11 and mesa >10.0 and XBMC 13 RC1
      - on openSUSE this means rolling distribution through tumbleweed repos which is a bit more buggy than the stable serious of course; I donīt know the ubuntu situation by experience but read that 14.04 should be ok.
      - I donīt know about WINE gaming, because I donīt do it.

      The conclusion:
      If you go for an older card (HD 6xxx series) you can use the faster / more mature r600 foss driver and then you will never want to get back to catalyst.
      If you go for HD 7xxx or R7/9 series this might also be the case but not 100%, depending on the exact card / software combination.
      So I will definitely upgrade my E350 to an 6700T APU soon when the prices dropped a little, which I expect in 2 months when the new 45W APU 7600 will be shiped.
      I hope this was helpful information

      cheers tomme

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      • #48
        recommended nvidia boards

        Originally posted by Panix View Post
        ... I want a card that I can watch video on with all features working but that would allow me to play a game or two if I wanted. ... I'd like to just slip the card in and run an open source driver but I haven't read enough info/posts showing that the experience is really good yet. Always missing features and that's a deal breaker for me.
        The other post recommending ATI hardware is very nice. And if you insist on an OSS driver, going that route is probably best.

        But it is a bit at odds with your other goal of features and performance. If that is more important, the nv 750ti is probably your best choice right now. For $160-180 or so you can pick up an over clocked model (see Fudzilla for some great reviews) and Linux support has been great and immediate from what I understand - although I do not own one, and would recommend a little due dillegence to make sure people aren't having any problems with any specific brand you might consider. You can get a nice, cool, and quiet board with no need for an external power supply or larger PSU. I would expect gtx650ti boost -level performance which is actually quite good with about half the power draw. Although if you can find a gtx650ti boost, and have the PSU headroom, that is a very impressive board too, and since I own one, I can vouch personally for its great performance and low noise levels (I can look up the mfg if you want, but I believe that model has been discontinued).

        I not only do all my work on Linux, but also all my tinkering and play - although in the form of Android for mobile devices. On the desktop, I can vouch personally for the gtx660 running at 2560x1440 for games like Portal 1 and 2, the Half Life series, and many other titles. I use my G650Ti boost on my office rig with dual 1920x1200 monitors on a system 76 box and it runs great, with frame rates at that resolution rivaling the 660 - there is at most a 10% advantage to the 660.

        I hope that helps. In summary, if you want to play the newest Steam titles with the best performance and value, one of these cards is the best bet.

        I use kubuntu and have a nice public spreadsheet that lists my recommendations for software. I will add that in a bit.

        Good luck!

        PS I do hear great things about the higher end cards too if you can justify the budget. I may upgrade to a 4k display with a 780ti in the near future. Just don't tell my wife - its a "surprise"

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        • #49
          Originally posted by deppman View Post
          I use Kubuntu and have a nice public spreadsheet that lists my recommendations for software. I will add that in a bit.
          Here is that link.

          https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...kE&output=html

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          • #50
            Thanks for the input and info! But, I decided, on impulse, to buy a used GTX 750. I think these cards are pretty popular. It's the EVGA brand and they're nice, short htpc calibre cards that can game a bit. I will take your info in mind if I ever go AMD. Maybe driver quality will be better by then. I am planning on sticking it in a SFF case and mini-itx build so I liked that I don't need the 6-pin power.

            So, it is my 2nd video card purchase and again, used. LOL. The only time I've bought brand new cards is when I've bought them for other ppl.

            I'll keep an eye out for how the 260X and 265 does in Linux.
            Last edited by Panix; 05-03-2014, 03:13 PM.

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            • #51
              I have an HD 4670. It still works like it did when I first got it. Open-source drivers are pretty good for that card from what I'm reading here, but I'm running Debian Wheezy, and don't want to go into testing or unstable, because that's made a big mess of things for me before.
              I always ran Catalyst on it since I got it in late 2009. One bug that never got fixed was: X11 would sometimes freeze when I tried to wake xscreensaver. l also could never see the unlock-screen dialog box-the screensaver would just stop, and I'd have to press numlock to see if it had locked up.
              And it stuttered in games.

              I bought a used Geforce 6800 from an electronic junk store for a different computer, and installed nVidia's legacy drivers. Acutal computing experience was comparable to superior to the HD 4670, outside of modern games.

              The difference was the reason I went with a GTX 770.

              It's using nVidia's very shiny (expensive!) reference cooler, and is very quiet. No, that's not a mistype: the GTX 770's reference cooler is actually very quiet until the GPU temp goes above 80C (after which it's still reasonably quiet), and most of the heat goes out the back of my case. Of course, you can drive the blower faster by enabling Coolbits, and it won't be quiet for you if you do that.

              The big thing I don't like about the 770 is this: if your desktop isn't OpenGL-accelerated, it will tear things like window moves and browser scrolling. [url=https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/543305/?comment=4192942nVidia knows it's there[/url], and thinks it's a problem with the Kepler architecture. You also have to make sure your movie player is set for OpenGL output, or it will tear your movie something awful.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by A Laggy Grunt View Post
                The big thing I don't like about the 770 is this: if your desktop isn't OpenGL-accelerated, it will tear things like window moves and browser scrolling. [url=https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/543305/?comment=4192942nVidia knows it's there[/url], and thinks it's a problem with the Kepler architecture. You also have to make sure your movie player is set for OpenGL output, or it will tear your movie something awful.
                Not a Kepler arch problem, as I see it on my old GTS 450. That's why I run compton instead of Xfwm's own compositor.

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                • #53
                  xfwm is terribly slow. I managed to double my frame rate and remove all graphics lag on Catalyst by disabling composisting

                  xfce hasnt received hardly any development in a long time and the rendering side is poor and its upto either using compton or even better (apart from all the related packages) KWin with xfce.

                  Im not sure why people ship xfce given all the need for multimedia and games these days. It's stable, i like that but it has such a poor compositor and no effects to speak of, its all a bit outdated without mods.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by phill1978 View Post
                    Im not sure why people ship xfce given all the need for multimedia and games these days. It's stable, i like that but it has such a poor compositor and no effects to speak of, its all a bit outdated without mods.
                    I'm sure it baffles the mind but not everybody shares your enthusiasm for desktop effects (and not every graphics driver is equally bad at XRender acceleration). Personally I feel Xfce provides a very efficient and productive working environment. Multimedia and games seem to be just fine as well. The only reason I run an external compositor is to reduce tearing in the very occasional web video I happen to watch, as all my local media has been running tear free with XBMC for years now.

                    We Linux users are a very diverse bunch with very diverse needs. There will never be a single DE everybody's happy with. (The same goes for Windows and Mac users, but they have to bend over and make do with whatever MS/Apple decide is best for them.) I know this shouldn't be news to anyone and has been repeated ad nauseam, but there you go anyway.

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