NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 On Linux
If you're interested in more Linux OpenGL benchmark results, see the 10-way AMD/NVIDIA OpenCL GPGPU benchmarks from this weekend that contained a lot more data.
For those Linux gamers interested in the performance of the GeForce GT 610 for Valve's Source Engine, see our Team Fortress 2 NVIDIA benchmarks from this weekend that had this Zotac GeForce GT 610 included.
To no major surprise, the GeForce GT 610 even with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers really isn't a modern gaming GPU. The GT 610 is a rebadged GT 520 with GF119 GPU. The GeForce GT 610 is good enough for a modern Linux desktop experience and video playback using VDPAU. With its low-profile design and quiet yet cool heatsink fan, the Zotac GeForce GT 610 is capable of being a modest HTPC graphics card with the excellent VDPAU implementation for hardware video acceleration found in NVIDIA's binary Linux graphics driver.
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If you're looking for a low-end GPU that's more capable, the Radeon HD 6570 tended to fair much better in our OpenGL (and OpenCL) Linux benchmark results with the Catalyst driver. The HD 6570 only costs a few dollars more than the NVIDIA GT 610 and is more capable with the open-source Radeon (R600) driver by having proper re-clocking support and the Radeon Gallium3D driver supporting UVD video acceleration via VDPAU. The Radeon HD 6450 that delivered comparable results to the GeForce GT 610 with the binary GPU drivers on Linux is also a cheaper alternative at around $40 USD. Stay tuned for the next round of open-source Linux GPU driver benchmarks shortly on Phoronix.
Thanks to the powers of the open-source Phoronix Test Suite platform with OpenBenchmarking.org, if you want to see how your own Linux system compares to all the benchmark results found in this article simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1311110-SO-GT610NVID36 for making a fully automated side-by-side performance comparison. Within 1311094-SO-GEFORCEGT84 are also some other complementary Linux benchmarks I ran om the GeForce GT 610 for comparison purposes with OpenBenchmarking.org.
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