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Posted 05 October 2012 - 21:29
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 22:40
I think it really depends on what you are looking for in a video card. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
nVidia tends to be very good with their proprietary drivers (on Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD), but the open-source nouveau graphics driver (integrated into the Linux kernel) is somewhat lacking in both features and hardware support (mostly due to nVidia's refusal to provide help or the necessary documentation from what I understand).
AMD is almost exactly the opposite of nVidia. Their proprietary graphics drivers are fairly descent on Windows, but are severely lacking on Linux. However, AMD has been supporting the development of the open-source Radeon graphics driver integrated into the Linux kernel. It is improving rapidly and already provides excellent performance, even on the latest hardware.
Intel's latest generation of GPUs actually provide descent performance for every-day use, although nowhere close to the power of their modern AMD and nVidia counterparts. Their main advantage is excellent driver support on both Windows and Linux. Their officially supported open-source drivers are integrated into the Linux kernel and support full 2D and 3D acceleration, power management, sleep, and generally perform very well.
nVidia: Excellent if you need a powerful GPU with good proprietary drivers.
AMD: Excellent if you need a powerful GPU with good open-source drivers.
Intel: Excellent if you can sacrifice power for rock-solid stability.
Note: I only considered technical factors. While price is certainly a very important factor, it is constantly changing and completely unrelated to my general opinion of each manufacturer.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 22:48
Intel + NVIDIA FTMFT
Haven't touched AMD since Athlon 64 and dropped ATI 8 years ago when 2 GFX cards bonked out on me within a month (yes, I know 8 years is a long time to hold a grudge over a product, but first impressions are what counts)
Posted 05 October 2012 - 23:17
I would concur about Nvidia should you want to dual boot- Linux and Windows- . Still has a box up and running with a Nvidia Ge-force 4 4000 64 mb video card that runs XP and Ubuntu 10.04.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 23:39
I would actually say exactly the opposite. I would go with AMD in that case. I prioritize open-source drivers over proprietary drivers because they tend to support much older cards extremely well, have no ABI problems, and work on more than a few "blessed" architectures (namely i686 and AMD64, occasionally ARMv6/v7 as well).
Are you using the proprietary or open-source driver for your GeForce 4? As far as I know, the proprietary driver doesn't support it anymore (although Canonical may have an older version in the repository). Its likely that nouveau would get better performance with a card that old anyway.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 00:42
The Geforce 4 MX4000 is an old card... DX7 open GL 1.2
actually the Nvidia drivers for the old work fine.
$ aptitude versions '^nvidia[-]([0-9]+$|current$)' Package nvidia-173: p 173.14.30-0ubuntu11 precise 500 p 173.14.35-0ubuntu0.2 precise-security,precise- 500 Package nvidia-173:i386: p 173.14.30-0ubuntu11 precise 500 p 173.14.35-0ubuntu0.2 precise-security,precise- 500 Package nvidia-96: p 96.43.20-0ubuntu6 precise 500 Package nvidia-96:i386: p 96.43.20-0ubuntu6 precise 500 Package nvidia-current: p 295.40-0ubuntu1 precise 500 p 295.40-0ubuntu1.1 precise-security,precise- 500 Package nvidia-current:i386: p 295.40-0ubuntu1 precise 500 p 295.40-0ubuntu1.1 precise-security,precise- 500
Posted 06 October 2012 - 00:57
This is what I get when I use aptitude to search for proprietary nVidia drivers on Ubuntu 12.04:
$ aptitude versions '^nvidia[-]([0-9]+$|current$)'
p 96.43.20-0ubuntu6 precise 500
p 96.43.20-0ubuntu6 precise 500
Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:12
Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:01
I don't use the new layout -- still love the old Gnome.