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Re: [opensuse] Desktop Specifications
  • From: Silviu Marin-Caea <silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 10:40:40 +0200
  • Message-id: <200701111040.40628.silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday 11 January 2007 06:40, Johan Venter wrote:
> Hello All
> I'm fairly new to OpenSuse. I have been using it on my Acer2310 laptop
> for the last month or so and I'm very impressed. I now want to purchase
> a desktop system and use OpenSuse 10.2 on it.
> What should the specifications be to get reasonable operating speed?

Any new processor would do it. I'd suggest at least 1 GB RAM.

> Which graphics card would be the best for 3D games and the 3D desktop
> enhancements?

Well, nvidia seems the least of all evils ATM. That is, it's known to work,
although you have to install binary-blob drivers. In OpenSUSE 10.2 this
driver installation is the easiest to date.

In the near future, a very good candidate will be Intel GMA X3000. This card
(onboard) has open source drivers that provide 2D and 3D acceleration.
Before anyone jumps to say that it must be crappy because it's onboard, let
me point out that it has Shader Model 3.0 in hardware. That is X3000, the
3000 without the X emulates it with the CPU. GMA X3000 can be found on
motherboards with the Intel G965 chipset. Mind the G, because Q965 doesn't
have integrated video.

To recap, X3000 will have accelerated 3D in Linux out-of-the-box, with open
source drivers. Intel proves that it can be done.

It would be interesting to hear about some performance numbers of this X3000.
It should be able to run some very resource hungry 3D games.

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