GTX 470, 295 or 285...?
I'm planing to upgrade the aging 9800GTX GPU on my brand new L5530 Dev workstation (sig below)
I've got a couple of options:
1. Buy a brand new GTX 470.
2. Buy a used/semi-new GTX 295.
3. Buy a used/semi-new GTX 285.
4. ATI 5850/70.
I've got a 1050w PSU, so power should not be a problem. (According to my APC UPS, the machine eats ~370w while running a number of VM's + seti@home + compiling code and ~350w while running games [w/ seti@home down]), so I can spare at least 250w for the new GPU. (The APC UPS is a 1000KVA unit which is rated at ~600w).
I'm using Fedora 12 (and most likely we'll be switching to F13 once it hits RC) so, options 4 (ATI), while technically (performance, power usage) the best options, should be dropped. (ATI tends to ignore current X.org releases and follow Ubuntu instead. Even if they finally decide to support Xserver 1.7, F13 will be based around 1.8).
In general, the only game that I play regularly (when I have some free time...), is X3/R (LGP) and TOC (UT2K4 mod). I also plan to revisit [...] Doom3 once I get a new bigger monitor (30"?) and GPU.
A couple of questions:
- Anyone using the 295? How noisy is it? How's the performance under Linux? (I only found Windows benchmarks.)
- How about the 285? (Assuming that I can find one)
Any other suggestions?
DEV: Intel S2600C0, 2xE52658V2, 32GB, 4x2TB + 2x3TB, GTX780, F21/x86_64, Dell U2711.
SRV: Intel S5520SC, 2xX5680, 36GB, 4x2TB, GTX550, F21/x86_64, Dell U2412..
BACK: Tyan Tempest i5400XT, 2xE5335, 8GB, 3x1.5TB, 9800GTX, F21/x86-64.
LAP: ASUS N56VJ, i7-3630QM, 16GB, 1TB, 635M, F21/x86_64.