Sparkle GeForce 9500GT 1GB
Phoronix: Sparkle GeForce 9500GT 1GB
We've checked out ATI's Radeon HD 4550 low-end graphics card already and found it to be a nice solution for Linux users on a budget, but how does NVIDIA's competitor contend? In this review we are looking at the NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT from Sparkle. This graphics card has 1GB of DDR2 memory along with DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors.
A good review, though it does leave questions unanswered...
These reviews are helpful to compare general performance benchmarks, and details about the fan noise, power connectors and consumption (watts) are cruicial.
Having said that, the review does leave me wondering if the sound works through the HDMI/Displayport outputs?
I am on the look out for a Displayport graphics card to power my Dell 3008WFP 30" 2560x1600 monitor. My old Geforce 6600 didn't support dual-link DVI. Now I have an ATI 3650 with DP, DVI, but no HDMI.
The ATI fglrx driver always gave me problems, and never seems to work with current kernels or compile without issue.
NVidia have always had the best binary drivers, and I would like to buy this card for an always on machine where power usage is an important factor, as is a fast desktop and apps such as google earth.
However, the review doesn't provide the product number/id -- and I can't find this Sparkle card with DP/HDMI/DVI in the US or UK.
The review could benefit from a boilerplate update that addresses a few more use case senarios and not just Doom/Quake, etc. What's Beryl like with a huge desktop, or KDE's plasma/translucency.
Does 1Gb memory help with a large 2560x1600 desktop?!
It's sgreat to see products liek this reviewed for linux though!