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    Phoronix: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 On Linux

    NVIDIA formally introduced the GeForce 400 "Fermi" graphics card series in late March when rolling out the GeForce GTX 470 and 480. This launch was followed by the GeForce GTX 465 availability in late May and then in the middle of July there was the launch of the GeForce GTX 460 768MB and GeForce GTX 460 1024MB graphics cards. For the past few weeks we have had our hands on the Palit GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card that was sent over by NVIDIA to conduct our first tests of the Fermi / GF100 hardware under Linux. While the GeForce GTX 460 isn't clocked as high as the GeForce GTX 480 and has a slimmed down core, its performance is rather nice for being a $200 USD graphics card and is able to pack a performance punch when using NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15218

  • #2
    A pan is a cheaper, more energy efficient way to boil an egg when you get out of bed.

    A light bulb is a cheaper, 100% energy efficient way to lighting up and heating your room.

    A fan is a cheaper, more energy efficient way of cooling yourself.

    A Radeon is a cheaper, more efficient way of handling your graphics.



    ... but nVidia cards get you 5 extra frames per second, while there are no games that can't be played on maxed out setting for Linux with a cheaper Radeon. So what was the point of this card again?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
      So what was the point of this card again?
      The point of that card is to provide a low cost fermi card that has a much better heat and power usage profile than that of the 470 and 480.

      The practice outcomes are healthy and reliable graphics performance from nice hardware via the best binary driver for the Linux platform.

      If you're using three or more screens, want to use an open driver or are wanting to show your support for ATI's open source strategy then ATI is the logical choice. If all you're interested in is reliable rendition of graphics for one or two screens in the most trouble free way then the nVidia card seems to be the best choice just at the moment.

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      • #4
        Wants to see Phoronix get a Radeon HD 5830 (same price point) to see the GTX 460 get smoked. Plus, the overclocking actually works on this card.

        A pan is a cheaper, more energy efficient way to boil an egg when you get out of bed.

        A light bulb is a cheaper, 100% energy efficient way to lighting up and heating your room.

        A fan is a cheaper, more energy efficient way of cooling yourself.

        A Radeon is a cheaper, more efficient way of handling your graphics.
        V!NCENT, that was absolutely epic.

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        • #5
          After the news about BFG, I don't know if I would buy an expensive video card from a small company I've never heard of. Most cards are bulletproof and last forever, but fancy video cards have thermal issues and can potentially fail anytime.

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          • #6
            A Radeon only produces wasts heat and works no more like an unaccelerated framebuffer. And even an unaccelerated framebuffer does not crash by no reason like a Radeon.

            Respect yourself, avoid fglrx.

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            • #7
              Moreover if you are a cheapskate who happens to never played a real 3D game, what's the point of getting a graphics card? GMA 900 works better for you.

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              • #8
                I really miss GTX 460 with 1 gb vram results, because the 768 mb version must run slower because only 192 out of 256 possible bits are used for memory transfers, that's why you see the drop in the highest res.

                Also the competitor of that card is most likely the ATI HD 5830, so this is missing and also Unigine Heaven results with tesselation.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kano View Post
                  I really miss GTX 460 with 1 gb vram results, because the 768 mb version must run slower because only 192 out of 256 possible bits are used for memory transfers, that's why you see the drop in the highest res.

                  Also the competitor of that card is most likely the ATI HD 5830, so this is missing and also Unigine Heaven results with tesselation.
                  I was thinking the same thing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kano View Post
                    I really miss GTX 460 with 1 gb vram results, because the 768 mb version must run slower because only 192 out of 256 possible bits are used for memory transfers, that's why you see the drop in the highest res.

                    Also the competitor of that card is most likely the ATI HD 5830, so this is missing and also Unigine Heaven results with tesselation.
                    They're missing since I don't have those cards...
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #11
                      NVIDIA sent over a Palit GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card for our initial Fermi Linux testing.
                      Well it was still nice to see that happen for a change. What's up with your AMD guys nowdays? They still haven't sent you a 5xxx series card yet?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        Well it was still nice to see that happen for a change.
                        It turns out that Andy Ritger personally bought a card and sent it over after he was fed up with the slow pace of their marketing department. But yes, certainly a nice change.

                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        What's up with your AMD guys nowdays? They still haven't sent you a 5xxx series card yet?
                        Only the HD 5750/5770 AMD has sent out. They used to send out more and Sapphire used to send out globs, but lately nothing has shown up besides FirePro GPUs from AMD
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                          A Radeon is a cheaper, more efficient way of handling your graphics.
                          So how do you figure cards that don't even work with some apps are more efficient? We won't even go into the horrible efficiency of the open source options.

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                          • #14
                            Nice article and good to see some benchmarks of Fermi on Linux.

                            Personally I have a GTX 470 and am very happy with it. Yes, it gets quite hot while gaming but the sound levels are very normal. Only when stressing it in benchmarks like Heaven, it gets audible.

                            I overclocked my card with a BIOS flash, running @ 710/1700 for a while now and never had any stability problems. Too bad Coolbits isn't working yet since it was also my method of choice and I was surprised when I popped in my new card that the option disappeared.

                            However I must disagree about one point with the review: you say overclocking is the only thing not working at this point and that the driver further is up to par with its Windows counterpart. What about enabling SLI options in the GUI and adding support for SLI profiles? Some people like to say you don't need 2 GPUs for Linux to max out the games, but Unigine games are coming, Natural Selection 2 will be coming when Steam would ever see a Linux port and let's don't forget about Rage and Doom 4. And then there is also the people who use SLI for CUDA.

                            The time has come to treat Linux like an equally supported platform and give us the same benefits like Windows with a more complete GUI, SLI profile updates and SLI profile customization options.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ulukai View Post
                              Some people like to say you don't need 2 GPUs for Linux to max out the games, but Unigine games are coming, Natural Selection 2 will be coming when Steam would ever see a Linux port and let's don't forget about Rage and Doom 4. And then there is also the people who use SLI for CUDA.
                              When those games come out you will probably see an increase with SLi. The only issue is that for some reason the Unigine based tests are horribly single threaded in nature. They will max out one core on the CPU long before the video cards hit full stride. Also, SLi is not used at all for Cuda, no SLi capabilities are needed for multi GPU GPGPU processing (nor should it be as it would be a HUGE waste of available video memory). Slapping a bunch of Fermi cards on a Crossfire board will yield you the exact same results as one on a SLI board (or even a board with no SLi/Crossfire capabilities)

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