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  • mikeym
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    Linux and the NVidia GTX 660?

    Hi,

    I'm considering switching my AMD card for a NVidia GTX 660 (EVGA in fact). That appear s to be quite a new series or cards, I was wondering if anyone has experience of this model under Linux and how it performed / how stable it was?

  • tuke81
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    Originally posted by oldcpu View Post
    Mostly I am using kdenlive to render 1920x1080 videos, and occasionally use other applications such as handbrake, avidemux, h264enc and xvidenc (where the latter two are based on mencoder, where I believe mencoder support has stopped).
    Well in that kind of tasks you don't really need discrete graphics card(there's no app using nvidia' s nvenc or amd video codec engines). Integrated intel and quicksync should be enough, alltough I'm not sure is there yet quicksync support for linux in handbrake.

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  • oldcpu
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    Originally posted by tuke81 View Post
    What kind of rendering are you doing? If you are using blender geforce can speed up rendering.
    Mostly I am using kdenlive to render 1920x1080 videos, and occasionally use other applications such as handbrake, avidemux, h264enc and xvidenc (where the latter two are based on mencoder, where I believe mencoder support has stopped).

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  • peppercats
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    I have the GTX 660 card with proprietary drivers and it works perfect. I have had zero issues with it, play many steam/Wine games.

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  • tuke81
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    Originally posted by oldcpu View Post
    Thanks ... I think that a good suggestion (to use the integrated Intel-Core-i7-4770/motherboard HD 4600 graphics).

    I'll also make certain the PC I purchase has a good sized power supply, so to be able support a GTX 660 in the future , if I so decide to add such a 2nd graphic device.
    What kind of rendering are you doing? If you are using blender geforce can speed up rendering.

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  • Kano
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    @oldcpu

    If you mean tearing while watching a movie with KDE it helps to disable KDE fx (alt+shift+f12) and use OpenGL for output in case of huger problems, best something like XBMC.

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  • oldcpu
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    Using HD4600 is a good idea

    Originally posted by tuubi View Post
    For your use case, I don't think the discrete GPU will give any benefit at all over the integrated HD 4600 in the Haswell i7 you mentioned. It should be fast enough for anything but serious gaming. You can always buy the gtx 660 later if you deem it necessary.
    Thanks ... I think that a good suggestion (to use the integrated Intel-Core-i7-4770/motherboard HD 4600 graphics).

    I'll also make certain the PC I purchase has a good sized power supply, so to be able support a GTX 660 in the future , if I so decide to add such a 2nd graphic device.

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  • tuubi
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    For your use case, I don't think the discrete GPU will give any benefit at all over the integrated HD 4600 in the Haswell i7 you mentioned. It should be fast enough for anything but serious gaming. You can always buy the gtx 660 later if you deem it necessary.

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  • josipva
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    Ah yes, forgot about kwin, new kwin is also tear free by changing to opengl compositing in settings.

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  • josipva
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    Both 600 and 700 generations of nvidia gpu-s have tearing on linux (except some lower end 600's if i remember correctly). Other than that nvidia proprietary driverts work fine. Good news is, tearing can be solved and is mostly dependant on which compositor you are using.

    I've done alot of experimentaion with my gtx 770 and I've found "compton" compositor to work best. The downside is compton has no "hot corners" funcionality. So if you don't need that then you just need to learn how to implement it in your distro of choice (not hard). Other than that, compiz on ubuntu can be made tear free by adding triple buffering in xorg config, elementary luna compositor is good by adding CLUTTER_PAINT=disable-clipped-redraws:disable-culling to the file: /etc/environment (probably works with gnome compositor also, although I'm not sure about that).

    P.S. Tearing is X servers fault, so if you don't want to experiment with all that stuff you can wait 6 months - 1 year for distros to implement wayland which should solve much problems including tearing.

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