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Re: [vox] Video Card On a Budget
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Re: [vox] Video Card On a Budget



On Mon 01 Dec 03, 11:13 PM, Rusty Minden <clownsinc@comcast.net> said:
> On Monday 01 December 2003 18:10, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > rusty,
> >
> > if you're into ebay, a voodoo 3 would cost you between $10 and $20.  you
> > can't do much better than that.
> >
> > although 3dfx is no more, they were one of the best friends the open
> > source community had.  they opened up their specs before anyone else.
> > the card is *extremely* well supported on linux.
> >
> > in addition, it hardware accelerates opengl, so you'll be able to use it
> > to play most commercial linux games.  you'll certainly be able to play
> > quake 3.
> >
> > the voodoo 5 will cost you between $40 and $60, but for that price you
> > can get yourself an old (1st generation) radeon.
> >
> > btw, speaking of radeons, ATI is not a friend of OSS.  i have to eat
> > crow here: although NVIDIA has a bad rep for not opening up their
> > drivers, they've done a LOT more than ATI ever did to make sure that
> > linux users can use their cards.  NVIDIA may not be a friend of OSS, but
> > they're very linux friendly, for the most part.
> >
> > don't know much about modern matrox cards, but i think matrox opened up
> > their drivers.  the killer gamer combination 5 years ago was a Voodoo 2
> > passing through to a matrox millennium...   the good old days.   :)
> >
> > pete
> 
> The Voodoo 3 looks like a possible winner. Though what would the advantage of 
> a 1st generation radeon.

radeons are certainly faster, have more vram, etc.  if you don't use
accelerated opengl for gaming, there's no difference.

> Other than getting X set up at InstallFests (the 
> reason I am staying away from nVidia) I have little working knowledge of 
> video cards.

you may want to buy a cheap geforce just to learn how to install one.
:)


pete


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