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  • Discrete GT_430 more beneficial in any way than i3-530's Intel HD?

    Is a discrete nV card which can utilise VDPAU still much more beneficial overall than relying on Intel HD?

    I'm talking purely from a VA (encoding/decoding etc) perspective, not 3d acceleration.
    Or is there no longer any compelling advantage nV cards have in this area?

    I'm looking at something like this*
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3973/n...orce-gt-430/18
    But am wondering if there's any good reasons to bother any more?

    P.S.
    Wondering why the nV sub-forum is heaps smaller than the AMD/ATI one on Phoronix.
    Is that because most of the nV binary and open-source community is over at nVnews?

    *Alas the OEM GT 430 seems slightly better, not sure why that is?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce...ies#400_Series

  • jalyst
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    Picking this investigation up again with a new focus, IGP's been okay...
    But I'm wanting a discrete for occasional gaming, & to cover any VA shortcomings the core i3-530 IGP may have.

    New thread here:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...545#post209545

    deanjo/kano...
    If you can 'chime-in' again it'd be very much appreciated!

    Thank-you.

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  • jalyst
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    Well after some googling it turns out none of these is single slot, except maybe for the Inno3d!

    N430GT-MD1GD3/OC/LP from google query is dual slot
    http://www.google.com/search?q=N430G...ient=firefox-a
    Although a local retail sales rep. was able to physically check & insists it's single.
    I'm not confident he knows what he's talking about though.

    GV-N430OC-1GL is apparently not single either
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...&aqi=&aql=&oq=

    ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) from google query looks to be dual slot
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...&aqi=&aql=&oq=

    ZT-40603-10L from google search is dual slot
    http://pden.zotac.com/index.php?page...&prmdo=1&tbo=1

    Inno3d N430-2DDV..... from google query I "think" it's single
    http://www.google.com/search?q=N430-...=ivns&filter=0
    Hard to say as most results I'm getting are from non-English shopping sites

    Can anyone confirm that the Inno3d or any other GT430's are single slot?
    I'm not really digging the Inno3d, I was hoping one of the top 4 in my list would be single slot

    I'm not rushing out & getting a GT 430 just yet anyway...
    I intend to play with my Core i3-530's Intel_HD for a few weeks 1st.
    So I can get a feel for whether it's lacking in any significant ways.

    Some responses to my posts for change would be hugely appreciated.

    Which of these models do ya'll prefer?
    http://eu.msi.com/index.php?func=pro...0&prod_no=2171
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro....aspx?pid=3611
    http://www.zotacusa.com/zotac-geforc...3-10l-386.html
    http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?p_id=ofwuy4obqyngtdmz
    http://www.inno3d.com/products/graph...00/gt_430.html

    The Inno3d's interesting in that it has much slower mem. than the reference 1800Mhz.
    But at 2GB, it's also got twice as much mem. than the reference card:
    The Asus & Zotac are also slightly below the 1800Mhz reference at 1600Mhz each.
    Both have only 1GB...
    It's really a toss-up between the top four links IMO.

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  • jalyst
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    ah ffs come on, anyone?

    thank-you

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  • jalyst
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    Sorry to bump soon/regularly, alas I'm really strapped for time
    Anyone got any favourite GT430 from that list and why?

    Thank-you.

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  • jalyst
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    kano/dean/anyone? thank-you.

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  • jalyst
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    I don't intend to game in Linux.
    I will be dual booting win7/*nix.

    Favourite out of the cards I've listed?
    If so why is it your favourite?

    Man these post edit time limits suck

    Thanks.

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  • Kano
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    You can't oc fermi cards with Linux yet. That would require a vga bios flash with higher clocks.

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  • jalyst
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    Wish each product page clearly listed whether the model is single-slot or not.
    You would think that'd be one of the main specs to list!

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  • jalyst
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Basically if somebody really wants a card just for watching videos then it should be passively cooled. If you want a card for games get a better one.
    Quite a few semi-decent games playable according to this
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...ce-gt-430.html

    That's not the main interest, but it's nice to know i can squeeze more out of it if one game is a bit tough a default clocks.
    I realise no amt of OC'ing is going to make heavier games like Crysis Warhead and Metro 2033 playable

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