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Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:57 am
by kaptain_zero
I'm thinking of building a new computer this year and while I have used Nvidia cards since forever as the proprietary drivers have always installed rather easily, I seem to have heard that Nvidia is having issues and that AMD may be the more appropriate route to go today.

Any comments?

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:53 am
by fossegrim
That would vary from card to card. I would look up the specific cards you are thinking of buying.

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:11 pm
by DistroTube
Having owned both in Linux, Nvidia will give better performance with its proprietary drivers. AMD is better cost-wise and if you want to stick to FOSS drivers only.

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:52 am
by kaptain_zero
Thanks, so it looks like things are still the same. I'm of half a mind just to keep this Nvidia card in the new build as it does everything I need.

I don't use Intel. They tried a "tied" selling scheme where if you wanted to purchase a computer with an Intel chip, you HAD to purchase a Microsoft OS. Well... the last Intel chip I purchased was a 486SX-25 and I've used AMD since. So, I thought I might make my next computer an all AMD version.

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:46 pm
by Beta-guy
I use nvidia myself, I have no issues I use arch/manjaro.

Depends on the distro I'd say, some distros are more nvidia friendly if you want it to just work regardless of distro stick with AMD...

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:22 am
by kaptain_zero
After checking my current computers, I discovered I had a GTX 650 and a GT 720 so I think I'm long overdue an upgrade. I ended up going with an RX 870 card.... just for kicks. Yeah, I know it's old tech, but it should be way ahead of what I have and at least they've had time to get the drivers baked properly. :lol:

I had big plans for the new computer, but have been pulling back more and more as I just don't need all the power you can get in the new CPUs. I ended up deciding on a Ryzen 5 3600x using an MSI B450 board (Tomahawk MAX). Nothing impressive, but it should do the trick. I remember when we were pushing bits in the early days. An Intel 486DX-50 was the dream chip for us as it was the fastest chip for pushing data, the DX2 66 was faster in compute power but only pushed data at half speed. My how far things have come. It was back then when I was first introduced to Linux. We had a computer (at the local university) running a program called NOS on MSdos and the box would lock up weekly. We got fed up and switched to linux and the uptime went from days to years! It was only when someone stole the ram out of that computer that it failed! (and yes, back then... 8 megabytes of ram would cost several hundreds of dollars). :mrgreen:

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:52 pm
by kaptain_zero
Well, after deciding to build using an AMD graphics card after all (I figured I might as well learn something), it turns out that it is as painless as Nvidia when using Manjaro. I just checked "use proprietary drivers" during the install and away it went. The only thing that threw me off is that on my 2 older installs of Manjaro using Nvidia cards, grub pops up when I boot the boxes, something that does not happen with the new AMD graphics card. I'm slowly working my way through all the little things that have cropped up, such as slow boots when the MSI board is set to legacy/UEFI (a known issue). I'll be re-installing Manjaro when my NVMe drive arrives in another week and I'll set things up permanently.

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:01 pm
by archification
Just gonna put my five cents here.
You can't have vulkan and wayland at the same time with nvidia. Proprietary driver doesn't do wayland. Open-source driver doesn't do vulkan.
Amd can do both.

Re: Nvidia vs AMD graphics cards.

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:13 am
by Oddstap
archification wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:01 pm
Just gonna put my five cents here.
You can't have vulkan and wayland at the same time with nvidia. Proprietary driver doesn't do wayland. Open-source driver doesn't do vulkan.
Amd can do both.
Wow i didn't know that thanks im gonna check that out soon.