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    Default Linux and the NVidia GTX 660?

    Hi,

    I'm considering switching my AMD card for a NVidia GTX 660 (EVGA in fact). That appear s to be quite a new series or cards, I was wondering if anyone has experience of this model under Linux and how it performed / how stable it was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeym View Post
    Hi,

    I'm considering switching my AMD card for a NVidia GTX 660 (EVGA in fact). That appear s to be quite a new series or cards, I was wondering if anyone has experience of this model under Linux and how it performed / how stable it was?
    No problem, it was supported by the drivers before the card was even released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    No problem, it was supported by the drivers before the card was even released.
    I've read that the NVidia binaries support it, but you'll understand that I would like to hear from users who are actually running one as I have spend most of the last year without any functioning driver for my AMD card and still significantly sub optimal Linux performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeym View Post
    I've read that the NVidia binaries support it, but you'll understand that I would like to hear from users who are actually running one as I have spend most of the last year without any functioning driver for my AMD card and still significantly sub optimal Linux performance.
    I've had a GTX-660 since Sept without a single issue. Unlike AMD, Nvidia's binary driver is usually up to snuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    I've had a GTX-660 since Sept without a single issue. Unlike AMD, Nvidia's binary driver is usually up to snuff.
    Good to hear. Thanks for the response.

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    Default What are current views wrt nVidia GTX 660 and proprietary binary driver ?

    What are current views/experience wrt nVidia GTX 660 and nvidia proprietary binary driver (or similar priced nVidia graphic hardware with proprietary binary driver) ?

    I note on some of the GNU/Linux forums, users are struggling with the nVidia GTX 660 driver, complaining of significant tearing when using the nvidia binary/proprietary graphic driver with this card. There are various proposed fixes but not all fixes appear to work for all - and even when the fix mostly works, users still complain of a ~30% performance hit (and its unclear to me how serious is a ~30% performance hit give the competing nvidia hardware with the proprietary GNU/Linux driver).

    Do any of the forum members have any current views on this, or on similar priced nvidia graphic cards ?

    I ask because I am close to purchasing a new desktop PC and I want to select a graphic card. My budget is around the cost of the GTX 650 or GTX 660. Initially the GTX 660 read to be the ideal fit for my budget, until I started reading the complaints of tearing. Still, the GTX 660 still tempts me.

    The GTX 760 pushes that budget of mine a bit too much and is likely over kill for my requirements, BUT if it has significantly superior graphic driver support (ie no tearing nor other hiccups) I would consider it. The lower performance GTX 650 is also a viable consideration. But on those two cards (GTX 650 and GTX 760) I have also read of users complain of tearing.

    My use is mainly play back of high definition (HD) video and also video editing of high definition (HD) videos. I like to have special desktop effects (under KDE) enabled where feasible without too much of performance hit. I do a LOT of rendering. I don't play video games (other than chess which has no demanding video requirements). I will likely purchase socket 1150 motherboard with Intel Core i7 4770k CPU and ample RAM.

    Thank you in advance for anyone who takes the time to provide me input/suggestions.

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