1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520

Michael Larabel

Published on 12 July 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 7 of 7 - 73 Comments

While the NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 may be a "Fermi" graphics card, its performance is not very stellar. The OpenGL performance of this low-end graphics card under Linux was easily outdone by the Radeon HD 4650, which is two generations old on the AMD side and now just costs around $40+ compared to the GT 520 at $60 or more. Beyond the obvious OpenGL advantage, the Radeon HD 4650 is well-supported now by AMD's open-source Linux driver stack with KMS and Gallium3D support, where as all open-source NVIDIA support is provided just by the open-source community when reverse-engineering the NVIDIA blob. About the only major advantage the GT 520 would still carry is its support for VDPAU using the PureVideo HD engine when using the proprietary driver. AMD's X-Video Bitstream Acceleration (XvBA) API and implementation still is not as good as VDPAU found with NVIDIA's driver and their hardware, if you are interested in a media/HTPC-type system.

Except for Unigine Heaven, the GeForce GT 520 was at least a modest upgrade over the GeForce GT 220. The GeForce GT 240 was a much stronger graphics card, should you be interested in an entry-level NVIDIA graphics card.

What is unfortunate about the EVGA GeForce GT 520 (01G-P3-1526-KR) specifically is that it was the warmest of the seven graphics cards that were monitored, and was even measurably warmer than a passively cooled Radeon HD 5450. Its power consumption was at least in line with the other graphics cards of its class.

Phoronix Product Rating: 7 / 10

7
Next Page >>
About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
  2. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  3. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  4. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
Latest Linux News
  1. Nouveau Now Supports DRI3 Without GLAMOR
  2. Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
  3. Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC
  4. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  5. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  6. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  7. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  8. Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs
  9. Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel
  10. GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  3. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  4. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  5. xbox one tv tuner
  6. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  7. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  8. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux