I currently have a ATI HD4670 OC 512MB DDR3 that is not feeling loved by PCLinuxOS 2009! I am looking at swapping it out for a Nvidia 9600GT or Nvidia 9800GT both 512MB DDR3. The cost on cards is close enough that that is not the deciding factor. What is most stable with 2009 drivers and willl give me the least trouble? NOT a gamer at all, will be using Kino and Kdenlive to edit HD video. All input is helpful, I am leaning towards the 9800GT, thanks David.
AMD Phenom II X3 710
G.Skill (2 x 2GB DDR3)F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
WD Caviar Black (2 x 1TB) WD1001FALS (RAID 1)
HIS Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB DDR3
Samsung SH-S222L 22x DVD±RW PATA DVD
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For Linux just use the latest 64bit drivers from the Nvidia website.
You will need to precompile the kernel so make sure you have the kernel source installed on your PC.
The drivers work great.. I've used them for a while on my 9600gt, and I just switched to ATI.
It should be straight forward installation.
Login with root, or if you are already logged in with a user name than just su and type: init 3, that will get you out of Xwindows.
Than just execute the binary you downloaded from Nvidia and follow the directions.
Once you are done type: init 5
Well I havent tried the 9800gt and I dont see a reason for that card to be of lower quality, but all I can say is that my 9600gt has worked perfectly for me.
I had the Palit version with HDMI port.
I just sold it last week since i upgraded my system to Phenom II x4 940 and a Gigabyte mobo with cross fire support, so I thought I'll give ATI a chance and see how much they've changed in the these years