- 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
- PCI Express x16
- $179.99 –
- $3.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
Good card! 04/14/2014
4 monitor support, cheap price, DVI connectors without the need for adapters. Radeon support in Linux is pretty good these days. One bug with powersave mode, but other than that multi-monitor support with the open source radeon driver is way, way better than NVidia.
It's slow. But hey, you get what you pay for. glxgears runs at about 60FPS with the open source driver. (I didn't notice a speed difference with the Catalyst beta 14 driver) 2D scrolling in a web browser has a slight jitter to it, but it's only noticeable if you're paying attention to it. For these reasons it gets 4 eggs.
This isn't anything specifically bad about the card, but I had more troubles with the Catalyst linux driver than the open source radeon driver. Powersave mode (KDE) would mess up the virtual desktop size, and I'd have to reconfigure my display arrangements and rotations every time the screensaver came on. This might be specific to this card chipset, or just a KDE bug. In short, just turn off powersave mode. In my opinion, the open source radeon driver performs the same as the Catalyst driver, and has fewer issues. In fact, a fresh install of Kubuntu detected all of my displays and spanned them right out of the box! The NVidia architecture doesn't come close to this level of usability. (Multi-head + Xinerama or multiple virtual screens is very 1990's tech) Being able to drag windows across all of my monitors is well worth it. If you're looking for a simple linux workstation card for a development machine, this is a perfect purchase.
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