[Novalug] graphics card update
russell-evans at qwest.net
Tue Apr 10 13:18:39 EDT 2007
On Mon, 09 Apr 2007 10:32:02 -0400
"Julia Christianson" <juliac at patriot.net> wrote:
> I'm planning a minor upgrade to my home desktop this week, and I want
> to replace my very ancient video card. No interest in games, but I
> want to be able to run my LCD monitor at native resolution (1280x1024)
> and play with google maps and some of the new 3D eye candy. OTOH, my
> PS is only 330W and while my environment can get pretty hot in the
> summertime, I really value how quiet the machine is currently (Antec
> case/PS with variable speed case fans) and don't want to add a
> potentially noisy fan on the card.
> Is this a hopeless quest? If so, I'd rather compromise on graphics
> than noise. Would it be Nvidia or ATI-based? Any specific
I have not played with the ATI Linux binaries since 2002-2003 so I'm
pretty out of date but at that time the NVidia Linux drivers where
easier to deal with. That said:
Assuming you have a AGP slot I'd go for the NVidia 6200 series at around
$50. The newer 6200A won't let you enable disabled pipes and has a
smaller 64 bit bus than some of the older 6200, but I still would go for
a 6200 series over a FX5500 AGP.
If your computer still is using PCI for graphics then a F5500 is
probably the best bet. You'll find the last generation NVidia
FX5200-5500 in the same price range of around $50.
I would not buy aa card with less than 128M memory as that should be
enough to do whatever you want for another few years.
You can compare specs here.
Comparing an ATI 1300 to a NVidia 6200, same street price range of
around $50, it looks like the ATI is the better chip. My preference for
NVidia is about the drivers and I am out of date so maybe ATI is worth
considering if someone with more up to date experience with the
binaries posts a reply.
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