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Alternative to Nvidia graphics cards on Fedora 29

asked 2019-03-21 04:56:19 -0500

eeijlar gravatar image

I am looking for suggestions for a well supported graphics card, as in not Nvidia. I have an Nvidia card at the moment and it doesn't play well with Fedora resulting in a constantly broken system.

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If you don't play gpu-intensive games on your Fedora machine then integrated Intel graphics works very well. By the way, open-source nouveau driver works quite well in this case too from my own experience. There were some quirks recently with 4.19 if i'm not mistaken, but it was the first time for the last several years.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-03-21 07:16:23 -0500 )edit

Thanks @Night Romantic. I had tried the nouveau driver but then I was getting screen flicker. There is no integrated graphics card on my desktop. It's a refurbished HP Z400, NVS 310 Nvidia card.

eeijlar gravatar imageeeijlar ( 2019-03-21 15:33:21 -0500 )edit

Well, I personally have used either integrated Intel graphics or NVidia cards (end-user/gaming ones, not Quadro or NVS), so my experience is quite limited. Hope someone else can provide info you seek.

Basically it seems that in my corner of the world you can get NVidia, AMD or Matrox ones -- last one being quite expensive and I don't know anything about them. I see the same on newegg )) Then you're basically NVidia versus AMD.

From my experience, you can get reasonably good experience from not-expensive (but newer then what you have) NVidia's with nouveau.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-03-22 04:29:40 -0500 )edit

I've heard quite a lot about AMD dropping there proprietary driver for Linux and supporting open-source one, which got much-much better during last few years. But I have no personal experience with AMD cards.

Last year I wanted to buy a new card for not-so-heavy gaming to replace my quite old NVidia one. I've looked for info, found some discussions, some complaints for both NVidia and AMD ones (on Linux I mean), found no definitive argument for AMD and decided to stick with the devil I know.

I use nouveau in Fedora for work/general usage and poprietary driver on other distro for some games.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-03-22 04:52:18 -0500 )edit

As you've had some negative experience with NVidia card -- although I think its age is one of the culprits -- and if your available choices are AMD or NVidia, and if you're a bit adventurous -- you can research more AMD open source driver and decide if you want to try it yourself.

That's all my observations and not a definitive answer to your question -- so it's all comments ))

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-03-22 04:55:56 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-03-22 22:34:48 -0500

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updated 2019-03-22 22:45:33 -0500

If Intel's integrated graphics are not meeting your requirements, there is exactly one alternative to an Nvidia based GPU, it's called AMD Radeon:

Since your NVS 310 Nvidia features very basic performance anyways, it shouldn't be too hard to find an AMD card that is much better for little bucks. How about the Radeon R7 240 for example? Or if you want to spend more, go for something like R7 260X or R7 370, ... all depends on your budget. You get what you pay for!

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