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GeForce And Radeon Take On Linux

Test Components and Configuration

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
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64
Memory2 GB Corsair XMS
MotherboardASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe
Hard DriveWestern Digital 120 GB SATA
Optical DrivePlextor 712-SA
Power SupplyAntec TruePower 400W
GraphicsAsus EAX1900 XTX

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

Nvidia Hardware Components
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64
Memory2 GB Corsair XMS
MotherboardEVGA 133-K8-NF41
Hard DriveWestern Digital 120 GB SATA
Optical DrivePlextor 712-SA
Power SupplyAntec TruePower 400W
GraphicsAsus N7800 GTX

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

Software Components
Linux PlatformFedora Core 5
Kernel RevisionLinux 2.6.16-1.2133_FC5
Compiler4.1.1 (Red Hat 4.1.1-1)
Graphics DriversATI:8.25.18NV:8762
X Server VersionXorg 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.

Ed Tittel is a long-time IT writer, researcher and consultant, and occasional contributor to Tom’s Hardware. A Windows Insider MVP since 2018, he likes to cover OS-related driver, troubleshooting, and security topics.