nVidia OK for 2D
Posted Sep 6, 2007 2:43 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: nVidia OK for 2D
Parent article: LCE: Linux, hardware vendors, and enterprise distributors
Yes, the Intel drivers are nice enough, but the hardware device they are driving steals memory bus cycles from the CPU to refresh the screen, and thereby slows down all CPU operations, all the time. An nVidia card with dedicated memory, however much you and I may hate its drivers, doesn't slow down the main CPU just by being on. As far as I know you can't buy a machine with Intel graphics that doesn't steal bus cycles. I'd like to be proven wrong.
So, (1) there may be rock-hard practical reasons to choose other than Intel graphics, and (2) having chosen nVidia, you're not obliged to use the proprietary nVidia driver. The really Free "nv" driver works great for most practical uses, including all of mine.
(One exception: if I'm running two X servers, on two VTs, suspend/resume gets very confused, but I don't know whether to blame the nv driver.)
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