View Full Version : Cheap Nvidia Video Card for Unity?

May 4th, 2011, 04:03 AM
From Hardy to Lucid my onboard Nvidia chip (geforce 7025) has been fine for Ubuntu.

But with Unity and Natty, it has become useless.

I am hoping for a recommendation of a low end nvidia graphics card someone is using with Unity without problems, my monitor is a 1920x1080.

I don't play games, so if the card doesn't use too much power (fanless, or quiet fan) would be ideal.

May 4th, 2011, 04:11 AM
I have a 9400 GT, and that works with Unity after you install the nvidia drivers.

May 4th, 2011, 04:15 AM
are the drivers from ubuntu or the nvidia site?
also how many monitors are you using?


May 4th, 2011, 04:16 AM
I just use Jockey (Hardware Drivers) to pull the driver from the repo. I'm using one monitor.

May 4th, 2011, 04:21 AM
does the video card produce a lot of heat?
and it has vdpau?

May 4th, 2011, 04:25 AM
the nvidia site is recommending these video cards, seems like they have gone to a new numbering system

May 4th, 2011, 04:26 AM
Well, I've been playing video games for the past couple hours and right now it's sitting at 55 degrees C. So, not too bad. Yeah, I used VDPAU for some videos. Works fine.

May 4th, 2011, 05:10 AM
Well I cant say my card was a cheap solution, but it was under $200 when I bought it last year. So I expect it to be cheaper now. I have a MSI Cyclone 460GTX. It can overclock like a bat-out-of-hell and still not run hot. Idle right now is on average of 30c-33c with hours of WoW play only getting me to low 50s, never above 55c ever.

I know its not super cheap, but if you have heat issues this baby runs cool. It has huge variable speed heat-sink/fan combo that is just awesome. Plus it runs rock stable. Its never gave me a hick up in Kubuntu's KDE or Ubuntu's Unity.

May 4th, 2011, 10:08 PM
bump, anyone else ?

May 4th, 2011, 10:25 PM
I have both GTX260 and GTS250, both run Unity great. I haven't personally tested other cards.

May 4th, 2011, 10:27 PM
If you want a video card just to have some Unity / Compiz desktop effects, then any current-generation NVIDIA card will do just fine.

I have a 8600 GTS (old!) in my desktop PC and it can run the effects without any problems.

Looking at current NVIDIA cards, I guess a cheap GeForce 220 GT or 240 GT will do just fine.

See products here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html

GTX are the high-end, high-performance, high-power gaming cards. GTS and GT are the lower-power, cheaper, lower-end cards.

May 4th, 2011, 10:29 PM
here ya go.. hope this is cheap enough for ya


just be sure you know if you use PCIe x16 or AGP... the two might look similar but are not compatible.

May 4th, 2011, 11:12 PM
I've got a nVidia GT218 (Geforce 210), that performs quite well, it does 1080p without breaking a sweat, I've seen prices from just under $30.00 to $80.00. I don't know if that qualifies as cheap to you, but it was for me. :)