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PCIe x16 Card to replace an NVIDIA 9500GT

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August 11, 2011 8:09:37 PM

So, some quick background:

I have a dell precision 690 in the 1000W PSU configuration. It has 20GB quad-channel ECC memory, dual xeon X5355s, and currently I have a crappy PNY nvidia 9500GT 512MB that is driving two displays - one 21" and another 18". I'm running 64 bit linux.

I want to replace this video card. There are certain times when I really notice some graphic processing slowdown. I'm not looking for anything super beasty, just an improvement over this 9500GT.

I would prefer to stick with NVIDIA and not have to hassle with the ATI kernel drivers if I don't have to. The nvidia drivers have been working on this machine for some time and I want to keep it that way. :) 

So, I am looking for an nvidia PCIe x16 card (not 2.0 or 2.1, even though I realize there's backward compatibility, the bandwidth will be halved anyways due to the difference in the 1.0 and 2.0/2.1 PCIe, right?) that is better than a 9500GT but doesn't have to blow it out of the water. My 1000W PSU means that I can take a power hungry card, but this chasis is already hella loud so if the card is super loud also then I'd prefer to skip it. Being that I will need to stick with PCIe x16, I will probably be looking on ebay rather than newegg. My budget is about $150 or under but if I can get something that's twice as fast as the 9500GT and costs less then I'll be thrilled.

Any suggestions?
a b Î Nvidia
August 11, 2011 8:23:16 PM

Sticking to nvidea i should say a gtx460 maybe for that price. you've got PCI-E 2 or 1 ?
Or a second hand 470.
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August 11, 2011 8:24:47 PM

PCI-E Version 1 only I think:

http://www.dell.com/us/dfb/p/precision-690/pd

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3 PCI-e x8 slot wired as x4
1 PCI-e x16 graphics slot
2 PCI-e x16 slots with optional graphics card riser on 690 1KW chassis
(NOTE: Graphics riser option covers up 2 PCI-e x8 slot wired as x4 and 1 PCI 32bit/33Mhz slot. Remaining slots are 2 PCI-X 64bit/100MHz and 1 PCI-e x8 slot wired as x4. Option must be ordered at system purchase.)
2 PCI-X 64bit/100MHz slots with support for 3.3v or universal cards
1 PCI 32bit/33Mhz slot
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August 11, 2011 8:52:04 PM

Well, than it's out of my league i'm afraid, don't know that much from pci-e 1 cards. I know the 460 will work in a pci-e 1 but it will not perform at maximum, so if another, older pci-e 1 cards works better i really don't know. Sorry i can't help you. :( 
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August 11, 2011 9:08:46 PM

^ that card is PCIE 2.0 which makes me worry about compatibility and the benchmarks that I am finding online put it only the tiniest bit above the 9500GT. Even at $10 I'm not sure it's worth switching for such a tiny increase in performance...
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August 18, 2011 5:45:36 PM

I got that GTX 260 and BOY is it an improvement!!!
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