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Thread: Video Card Poll

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    Video Card Poll

    Question:
    What is the best high-end video card? The card must of course run under linux and I need something that is flies with textures. Money is not much of an object as I'm currently looking at the ELSA Gloria III. Anyone have any favorites?

    Nelson
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    Re: Video Card Poll

    If cost is not an issue then the Wildcat frome 3Dlabs is a good bet.
    I may be hard to find this since they do not seem to sell them as standalone cards but only as part of workstations you may have some luck geting a uesed one but still expet to pay $2000 or more http://62.189.42.82/product/card/wildcat_overview.htm

    Or the Oxygen model frome the same company may be easer to find. http://62.189.42.82/product/card/oxygen_overview.htm

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    Re: Video Card Poll

    i dont think the wildcat works in linux, or the oxygen. i have played with the firegl 1 and its comming along nicely so the firegl 2 or 3 may be what your looking for. its not an appliance yet, i actually had to go through a little effort to get it working and hardware gamma correction does not work (yet, theyre looking into that) but i know from its use in NT that its a solid card that did not cut corners or leave out things like the overlay plane (the gloria III has that problem, seems to be common to all nvidia chips)

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    Re: Video Card Poll

    Ah, the may be true I forgot to check that out, pixel fairy is right there are no drivers for the oxygen or wildcat yet but 3dlabs sayes that thay are working on it.
    sorry I should have checked that out first

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    Re: Video Card Poll

    Thanks guys.... looks like price was a little more important then I was led to believe. Getting the Elsa Synergy III and probably the Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra.
    -=Spoonman=-
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    Re: Video Card Poll

    BE WARNED: Those high-end graphics boards you mentioned are for 3D MODELLING! That means real-time updating of WIREFRAME MODELS!
    They are NOT used for texturing. The best boards for moving texture-mapped stuff around the screen are the nVidia offerings.

    In a recent net magazine test, I read that running Q3A at 1600x1200x32, max detail, the FireGL ran at _10FPS_! and the GeForce2 Ultra ran at about _30fps_! I am not certain on these figures, but they do sum up the difference in targeting.

    However, in moving a 1 bazillion (or something) polygon model around the screen, the FireGL was about 60fps, and the GeForce2 about 10!

    Note: Do NOT quote me on these figures! They are from memory only. They may not be accurate, but I am pretty certain that the differences in performance are. But still, I am not responsible for what you do. Do some reading (check the archives at www.tomshardware.com).

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