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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 On Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 October 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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The MSI GeForce GTX 650 testing immediately followed my AMD Radeon R9 270X On Linux review and builds upon that data plus I also tossed in some other lower-end AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards.

The complete line-up of AMD / NVIDIA graphics cards tested included:

- GeForce 9800GT
- GeForce GT 240
- GeForce GTX 460
- GeForce GT 520
- GeForce GTX 550 Ti
- GeForce GTX 650 (the MSI review card)
- GeForce GTX 680
- Radeon HD 5830
- Radeon HD 6770
- Radeon HD 6870
- Radeon HD 6950
- Radeon HD 7850
- Radeon HD 7950
- Radeon R9 270X

Unfortunately, due to the NVIDIA driver lacking Kepler overclocking support, the GeForce GTX 650 was only tested at its MSI-set clock speeds. Sadly, NVIDIA PR/marketing still seems uninterested in Linux coverage of enthusiast graphics cards so this year-old-GPU had to be purchased retail and wasn't supplied as a review sample. For more information on the NVIDIA Linux struggles, see this previous review's information. Thanks to those that subscribe to Phoronix Premium or make a PayPal tip to allow hardware in these cases to be purchased.

All of this AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics card benchmarking was done from our Core i7 4770K "Haswell" system with OCZ SSD and 16GB of RAM. Ubuntu 13.04 x86_64 was done with the Linux 3.10 kernel and the Catalyst 13.11 Beta and NVIDIA 331.13 Beta graphics drivers. All Linux OpenGL benchmarking for this article was done via the Phoronix Test Suite, including the thermal and power-consumption/performance-per-Watt results that follow the normal results.

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