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Test Components and Configuration

GeForce And Radeon Take On Linux
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Two somewhat separate hardware configurations were used to provide the basis for this article, both on AMD-based systems built around I/O and logic cores specifically designed for GeForce and Radeon cards. Processor, memory, and storage drives remained the same, while graphics cards, chipsets, and motherboards changed. The first table details the hardware components for the ATI build using a Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset.

ATI Hardware Components
Processor AMD Athlon 64
Memory 2 GB Corsair XMS
Motherboard ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe
Hard Drive Western Digital 120 GB SATA
Optical Drive Plextor 712-SA
Power Supply Antec TruePower 400W
Graphics Asus EAX1900 XTX

The table below lists components selected for the Nvidia-based build using an nForce4 solution :

Nvidia Hardware Components
Processor AMD Athlon 64
Memory 2 GB Corsair XMS
Motherboard EVGA 133-K8-NF41
Hard Drive Western Digital 120 GB SATA
Optical Drive Plextor 712-SA
Power Supply Antec TruePower 400W
Graphics Asus N7800 GTX

Another common denominator in this graphics card build-off is the software overlaid upon the hardware configuration :

Software Components
Linux Platform Fedora Core 5
Kernel Revision Linux 2.6.16-1.2133_FC5
Compiler 4.1.1 (Red Hat 4.1.1-1)
Graphics Drivers ATI:8.25.18
NV:8762
X Server Version Xorg 7.0.0

Fedora Core 5 was chosen for its ease of use, quick installation, and well-designed package management system, although other platforms could certainly have been substituted.

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