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Beryl and Nvidia

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Laughing out loud

I've never been really into eyecandy as I want a faster system over a beut but I might make an exception with Beryl. Any idea of a modestly-priced graphics card (Nvidia or anything)that can run this desktop without glitches?

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I haven't tried it yet but

I haven't tried it yet but I can run Doom 3 on my Radeon 9600 Pro, which isn't what you'd consider a new graphics card, which suggests a low or moderate price by now. Even when it was new it wasn't that expensive and it runs pretty good.
As said, I didn't test Beryl yet, just because I don't really need it (well, who would need Beryl ;-) ), but I guess it should run smoothly.

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Although both Nvidia and

Although both Nvidia and ATI release proprietary drivers for GNU/Linux, free (nonproprietary) drivers is what you want here for quality and long term support, and this is where Intel wins, at least for the 3D desktop, because from what I heard so far beryl works smoothly with onboard Intel GMA945. Intel releases fully free drivers by themselves.

But if you need a more powerful graphics card I recommend any that is supported, even if still experimentally (should improve though) by free drivers from the DRI project. The best you can get here is ATI Radeon X850 which I'll probably be getting from ebay quite cheaply later on (for the new computer). X850 should be even faster than Radeon 9600 (which I have now) and bery must work well with it.

As for Nvidia.. people say they have better proprietary drivers, but because they're proprietary you never have guarantee that it will always be properly supported, because GNU/Linux community doesn't have access to it and its bugs (to fix them). Noveau project (of creating free supported drivers) is still young, so I wouldn't really recommend Nvidia at this time.

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The X-series by ATI should

The X-series by ATI should be by miles better than the 9xxx-series. You can't compare a X800-card with my 9600 Pro, it's pointless because my card will be totally destroyed in any comparison with the X800.

As for the drivers: I use the free ATI drivers, they gave me some work until I had them finally installed, but mostly they work pretty good, most of the time stable and give me sweet performance.

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That's what I thought, and

That's what I thought, and I think X850 should really be more than enough for those in need of decent to good 3D performance. Despite what some hardcore gamers might tell us, I think we don't really need the latest, greatest and most expensive for even some really good 3D gameplay. Smiling

X850 is the strongest supported card (by free drivers) one can get on GNU/Linux right now I'd say, and that considered it's not even expensive. Smiling

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game bloat

I think the reason they do want those super-duper top-of-the-line cards is because most Windows games are bloated. By bloated, I mean like bigger than 1GB.

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Quite right, although some

Quite right, although some games even on GNU/Linux do require quite a bit of juice. For example, on Radeon 9600 it runs very nice, but not with all details and effects full on.

But I guess maybe it would work with those on X850. In Nexuiz compatibility thread it lists Radeon 9600 with "decent" support and X850 as "good" so it's probably even better.

But Nexuiz is top of the notch graphics on GNU/Linux, so compared to some other things it may be considered near extreme. Smiling

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options

But Nexuiz has options to tone it down and it still looks great.

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True that. It does run

True that. It does run quite fine on Radeon 9600 with some options toned down.

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