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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:25 am    Post subject: Replacement video card suggestions Reply with quote

Hello all,

I'm fairly fed up with dealing with nvidia on my system (some lock-ups, problems with hardware acceleration, waiting on new proprietary drivers for weeks or months after new kernels are released, et cetera), and am looking to replace the video card that I have. My main system is a bit old, so my options might be limited, but I would like some suggestions for a new video card that meets the following requirements:

1. AMD-based as I've heard that it makes for a better Linux experience than nvidia these days
2. Able to support my 2 Dell U2410 monitors at 1920x1200 (my current card is dual-DVI for them, but they do have HDMI and DP)
3. PCIe 2.0 since that's what my motherboard supports
4. Outperforms my current card (GeForce GTX 470)

Some additional specs about my ageing system (no laughing) :razz: :

1. Motherboard: Intel DX58SO2 (PCIe 2.0 - x16 [3 slots] and x1 [2 slots])
2. Intel Core i7 960 @ 3.2GHz
3. 24 GiB DDR3

So, I'm open to suggestions for a card that isn't crazily expensive but will improve the situation. I don't really game except for old Super Famicom emulation and such. More interested in video playback and general hardware acceleration within various applications.

Thanks for your time!

Cheers,
Nathan Zachary
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a RX550 (2017), used to use it on PCIe 2.0 with no issues besides dmesg complaining that it's capped to half its maximum speed, but that doesn't matter in practice.

Video decode/encode works fine as long as it's H264 (or hevc, but I've never had a use for that). Can handle every emulator I've thrown at it, including kronos and dolphin (heavy OpenGL 4.5 stuff).

Dual screens work fine, one of mine is a U2410. Avoid the HDMI because it seems to run at a weird refresh rate unless you disable audio. Doesn't require extra power cables - it idles at 4W with one screen, 9W with two. There's a fan but I can barely hear it even at full speed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can really agree with Ant P. I bought my GPU a little later than AntP. It was in 2018 and there was a GPU that was a bit more powerful. But not more expensive.
Today you can get it for ~ 120 €. And there is a nice GUI for it.

https://us.msi.com/Graphics-card/Radeon-RX-560-AERO-ITX-4G-OC/Gallery

https://github.com/marazmista/radeon-profile

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was here asking the same question a while back, and I had a very good experience with a Sapphire card.
Here is the discussion:https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-1098010-highlight-.html

The card I got was this one:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B071Y7CKM2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The card has dual HDMI output - I only have one monitor so not tested. Should "just work" I think.

The only thing that caught me unawares is the size of the thing! I used to have a front case fan, but this was long enough that there was no space for the fan any more. Disks are running a bit hotter as a result. Your experience will depend on your PC case size and layout I think.

The really good bit is having a kernel that has no out of tree module - in my opinion anyway.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Modern AMD stuff (like Vega) seems best for Linux.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More interested in video playback and general hardware acceleration within various applications.



Perhaps wait a little? https://www.pcgamer.com/analyst-intels-discrete-graphics-will-be-a-game-changer-for-gpu-shipments-in-2020/

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the great feedback! I'm thinking about going with the XFX RX 570 and switching to using 2x DP from my 2x DVI connections:
https://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-Graphics-Black-RX-570P427D6/dp/B06ZXY43VC/

Any thoughts about that card in particular or anything that I might be overlooking?

Also considering stepping up to the 580, but I don't know that it is worth the extra $40 USD:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y66K3XD/ref=dp_cr_wdg_tit_nw_mr
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More interested in video playback and general hardware acceleration within various applications.

I use Intel onboard graphics for three displays, similar purpose. I also have GeForce GTX 1660, but believe or not onboard Intel is snappier for my typical use. So I use nVidia for CUDA operation only. Looking at that choice of yours it feels like overkill.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For older games or semi-modern on lower settings, an RX550/560 would be plenty of horsepower.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for 1080p(i guess also1200p):
the small Sapphire Pulse ITX Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 but limited conenections: 1xdp 1xhdmi 1xdvi, it cost about 175€ in EU

keep in mind a proper power supply

enjoy it!
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