Hello. I am thinking to get nvidia card for HD playback on linux.
My choices are gt 220, or gt 240, or gt 430.
Which one is the best one for playback ? since the later have more core.
Does memory type (DDR2 vs DDR3), memory size (512MB vs 1GB), and bus width (128bit vs 192bit vs 256bit) matters ?
Will it play smoothly a H.264 1080p file encoded with bitrate about 20mbps ?
Also, does linux driver support H.264 L5<= ?
Officially you need a gt240 or greater for 3d bluray (win only). In order to see dx11/opengl4 effects i would maybe get the gt430. but even a g210 would be enough for vdpau on linux (slower for games but more often passively cooled than gt220). The only thing i do not like with my gt220 is the fan and a driver problem with caster + 1920x1200 res.
h264 is usually no problem with mplayer (needs some overrides), xbmc, vlc (via video-vdpau wrapper).
I would pick up newer model, because of minimizing the risk of binary driver support end-of-life. Then, its over.
That's not a realistic problem. Nvidia keeps it's products supported for a long time. They just released updated 96 series for example for Geforce 2 - 4 series for example and those are a decade old card.
Added support for X.Org xserver 1.9.
Added support for X.Org xserver 1.8.
Updated nvidia-installer to detect the nouveau kernel module and fail with an appropriate error message.