[mythtv-users] which NVIDIA video card do I need

William wmunson at rochester.rr.com
Wed Aug 16 15:59:10 UTC 2006

> I'm running a combined frontend/backend On Fedora Core 3 with 
> a P3-800 384MB RAM. I'm currently using a PVR350 for all 
> output, but would like to switch to an Nvidia card to better 
> support DVD, mythgame and mythvideo, along with the upcoming 
> OpenGL changes. So here are my questions:
> 1) Which Nvidia card would be the minimum I would need to 
> have smooth playback?
> 2) Does it make a difference which manufacturer's card I 
> purchase? For example is eVGA ok?

I have had great luck with the FX5200. Of course you may want a different
set of outputs so a higher end model may be what you need. The one thing I
would avoid is the "lite" units. (Sorry forget their tradename). They are
limited to 1/2 the bandwidth of the full model. Just be sure it supports
hardware mpeg decoding. The brand should not matter however some models have
a fan and others use a heatsink only. If noise is an issue, get a non-fan

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