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  • Which of these three would suck less on Linux: GMA 950, GMA X3100, or GeForce 7000M?

    Hi,
    So one of my friends was going to get me a laptop, and in the end, the choices he gave me were very similar, mainly differing in the IGP.
    And they were:
    Intel GMA 950
    GeForce 7000M (I never heard of it untill I saw it on the laptop)
    Intel GMA X3100 (I'm not even sure this one's an option, there are way too many games that don't run on it on linux)

    First of all, which one of these is faster?

    Also, can you even run games like Savage, Regnum Online and such on and Intel card? I tried for days on my friend's PC with a X3100 and it never worked. Even Cedega and Wine didn't work well.

    Last, would any of these be able to handle running World of Warcraft or Urban Terror at 1024x768 at medium/low settings without dropping below 15~20 FPS?



    Thanks!

  • MU_Engineer
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    I did not write that nforce 4 desktop boards have got problems, I only had this issue with a hp laptop - that had this _hardware_ problem, as it was there with pxe boot _and_ win too.
    I know you didn't- I was just commenting that not all NVIDIA Ethernet controllers had problems. You mentioned that you had an NVIDIA Ethernet controller that had problems without mentioning the chipset or notebook model. I assume you made the comment as a warning to a potential buyer of a device that contains an NVIDIA Ethernet controller. I didn't want the OP to erroneously get the idea that all NVIDIA NICs have problems or that the driver malfunctions on all NVIDIA NICs as that is not true.

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  • Kano
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    I did not write that nforce 4 desktop boards have got problems, I only had this issue with a hp laptop - that had this _hardware_ problem, as it was there with pxe boot _and_ win too.

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by MU_Engineer View Post
    My desktop runs on an NForce 4 chipset with the integrated gigabit Ethernet. It is connected to a wireless router that has gigabit LAN ports. I also have a laptop with an Intel 82573L giagbit Ethernet controller and I routinely see transfers between the two that are HDD-limited by the laptop (30 MB/sec or so.) Fake-data speed tests put the transfer speed at 930-960 Mbps between the two machines. So, whatever is going on in your case is not affecting all NVIDIA NICs.

    Quite right, I have several nvidia boards and the speed on them in Gbit mode is simply fantastic. The bottleneck is usally the drive that's getting written too. There was an issue with Vista on Nvidia nic's being limited to 100 mbit speeds, I don't know if that has been cleared up, but on linux or XP I haven't had an issue with them.

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  • Svartalf
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    I don't talk about internet but my home network is usually gbit via gigabit switch. Much better for transfering huge amounts of data.
    Oh, rub it in... All I've got is 20Mbits.

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  • MU_Engineer
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Well just one hint: usually you have to use forcedeth as network driver with nvidia chipset. I had here one hp laptop which had such a nic and that really sucked. It was slow as hell (something like double ISDN rate) in 1 GBit mode, only 100 MBit worked normally.
    My desktop runs on an NForce 4 chipset with the integrated gigabit Ethernet. It is connected to a wireless router that has gigabit LAN ports. I also have a laptop with an Intel 82573L giagbit Ethernet controller and I routinely see transfers between the two that are HDD-limited by the laptop (30 MB/sec or so.) Fake-data speed tests put the transfer speed at 930-960 Mbps between the two machines. So, whatever is going on in your case is not affecting all NVIDIA NICs.

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  • Extreme Coder
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    I don't talk about internet but my home network is usually gbit via gigabit switch. Much better for transfering huge amounts of data.
    I see.. Still, 100 MBit is enough, since I only know 2 or 3 people who could be on my network and I could copy something from

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  • Kano
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    I don't talk about internet but my home network is usually gbit via gigabit switch. Much better for transfering huge amounts of data.

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  • Extreme Coder
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Well just one hint: usually you have to use forcedeth as network driver with nvidia chipset. I had here one hp laptop which had such a nic and that really sucked. It was slow as hell (something like double ISDN rate) in 1 GBit mode, only 100 MBit worked normally.
    Thanks for the heads up, but my internet is barely a 512 kb connection, I think 100MBit will work OK :P

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  • Kano
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    Well just one hint: usually you have to use forcedeth as network driver with nvidia chipset. I had here one hp laptop which had such a nic and that really sucked. It was slow as hell (something like double ISDN rate) in 1 GBit mode, only 100 MBit worked normally.

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