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wkulecz
February 4th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Looking to buy a good video card for 8.04 with the best bang for the buck running Blender and Open GL for a "virtual reality" type application. "Proof of principle" was done with a GeForce 6200 card. I'd like to maintain 30 frames per second with a more complex scene.

All things equal I'd prefer Nvidia, as I swore off ATI back in the days of Windows 98 for orphaning my cards when Windows 2000 came out.

TIA,
--wally.

icheyne
February 5th, 2009, 02:05 PM
http://free3d.org/

wkulecz
February 5th, 2009, 04:19 PM
http://free3d.org/

Thanks, but I'm more interested in performance than Open Source purity in this application. The Xorg drivers chew up too much CPU with my dual camera real-time video image processing application so I can't imagine they would be competitive for 3D.

This is really a Blender performance on Ubuntu 8.04 question, perhaps this in not the correct place to be asking.

--wally.

icheyne
February 5th, 2009, 04:26 PM
According to the Linux Hater (http://linuxhaters.blogspot.com/2008/06/nitty-gritty-****-on-open-source.html), you are best off with nvidia. Not that I'm calling you a linux hater.

wkulecz
February 5th, 2009, 05:11 PM
I'm not a Linux Hater, for sure, but I do have some ill-will towards ATI, as I said in my initial post.

FYI the Linux Hater link is dead or requires scripting I do not allow on random links.

--wally.

icheyne
February 5th, 2009, 05:21 PM
There is a swear word in the URL, so it was blocked - http://snurl.com/bcrqi

cb951303
February 5th, 2009, 05:31 PM
For desktop 3D use (opengl, games etc...) this one is great. I doubt anyone needs a more powerful card considering the lack of complicated 3D games or applications for linux. 9500GT is just fine... If you're not satisfied with the prformance in future, you can always buy a second one and do SLI if you have an extra PCIe port on your board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395

But if you're doing rendering stuff with blender than you better save some money and buy a decent workstation graphics such as Quadro series.

icheyne
February 5th, 2009, 05:35 PM
Thinking about it, the best place to look is probably Phoronix (http://www.phoronix.com).

Maheriano
February 5th, 2009, 05:43 PM
For desktop 3D use (opengl, games etc...) this one is great. I doubt anyone needs a more powerful card considering the lack of complicated 3D games or applications for linux. 9500GT is just fine... If you're not satisfied with the prformance in future, you can always buy a second one and do SLI if you have an extra PCIe port on your board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130395

But if you're doing rendering stuff with blender than you better save some money and buy a decent workstation graphics such as Quadro series.

If you're in Canada, I just bought 2 of these cards for $65 each at www.tigerdirect.ca. They're running brilliantly in Vista Ultimate on 2 different machines (not mine!)

wkulecz
February 6th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Thanks, I've got some useful info from this thread.

I found this list of hardware Blender developers use:

http://wiki.blender.org/index.php?title=Supported_platforms

So I'll shop for cards on this list and look for a deal. Got to do things on the cheap initially. If things pan out, once I've shown my idea will work, my boss will gladly spring for a Quadro if it gets us over the hump.

--wally.

cb951303
February 6th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Thanks, I've got some useful info from this thread.

I found this list of hardware Blender developers use:

http://wiki.blender.org/index.php?title=Supported_platforms

So I'll shop for cards on this list and look for a deal. Got to do things on the cheap initially. If things pan out, once I've shown my idea will work, my boss will gladly spring for a Quadro if it gets us over the hump.

--wally.

I'm not sure but if your work consists of realtime 3d and not so complicated models you don't really need a quadro. in fact it may have performance disadvantages. Workstation cards are for rendering and heavy modeling (such as CAD)