Quote Originally Posted by Hey! Dojo View Post
Which 2500 second gen (sandybridge) i5 was bought?
It's a plain 2500 which uses HD Graphics 2000.
I can only speak for the 2500K i5 which has Intel® HD Graphics 3000 (While all the others have Intel® HD Graphics 2000) in saying that graphics performance here is fine using the current stable Fedora release fully updated. No issues to speak of.
You can save yourself the cost of buying a card if you switch to Fedora or (I would hope,) use a Ubuntu daily until the next Ubuntu release.
We have tried Fedora, but it couldn't detect the monitor resolution and the GNOME 3 experience is seriously lacking.
IMO you won't get much more than a little if any better performance than HD Graphics 3000 with a cheap add in card.
Although I know the HD Graphics 3000 are formidable, the 2000 are simply inferior, any of the cards I listed outperform them greatly.
If you really must use Ubuntu as is before they release anything as stable which works with second gen i5 processors, without going for one of their development CDs, then an AMD HD card is the right choice. The higher the number the better. I would avoid second hand unless the price is extremely reasonable and the source is reliable.
ATI\AMD make the most powerful graphics cards in the world. And have done consistently for as long as I can remember.
Yeah, benchmarks on AMD cards are very positive, I'm a bit worried about driver support in the future, though.
I have had problems with cheap Nvidia cards. Especially using Linux.
Except for KMS, we haven't, in my friend's old PC. Granted, those were old cards (GeForece 5200 and 6200).