From: Paul Kelly (longword at domain indigo.ie)
Date: Thu 20 May 1999 - 13:38:47 IST
Martin Donlon wrote:
> DL> No insult to the G200 but I say for a Pci card go for a TNT at domain that
> DL> kinda res. 8mb just won't cut it and you'll mess up your eyes with a
> DL> slow refresh.
Refresh rate is not related to the size of RAM - it's a function of the
RAMDAC. Card RAM size controls your maximum colour depth at a given
resolution. G200 Millenium cards have a RAMDAC at least as fast as the
250MHz TNT device. Not sure about the G200 Mystique - it started out
life with a slower RAMDAC but I think recent card releases are full
speed. I think TNT2 has a 300MHz RAMDAC and there's a Special (read
Expensive) version of the G200 which sports a 350MHz RAMDAC.
> DL> Or why not go all out and get a AGP motherboard and a
> DL> TNT2 32Mb of RAM and nvidia said that they would support if in linux
> DL> with there own drivers!
> Yeah said they'd release the drivers in two weeks time......ahhh.....about
> two months ago.
They did write their own XFree86 driver for the card and released it
within a fairly reasonable timeframe after the release of the hardware.
Nobody in nVidia ever said two weeks for 3D. That said id Software has
been beta testing Linux OpenGL drivers for TNT using Quake 3 Arena.
There is light at the end of the tunnel.
It's hard for a company to support many operating systems - if you look
at the quality of NT drivers for consumer hardware, it's often abysmally
broken and badly lagging behind the Win9x driver. Most simply do not
work on SMP. Some companies (like HP for example) chose not to bother
supporting both Microsoft operating systems.
> If you want 3d support under linux today you have to go with a 3dfx card.
I've heard Bad Things about their XFree86 driver and 3D support for V3
isn't exactly wonderful yet - but at least it's there.
> Or get a half supported Matrox.
Matrox cards aren't bad, but if you run a Games OS at all you're
probably better off with the much faster TNT or TNT2.
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