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Date:      Sun, 7 Feb 2021 16:57:47 +0100
From:      Tomasz CEDRO <>
To:        Patrick Mahan <>
Cc:        User Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Suggested upgrade for a GeForce GT 450
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On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 6:48 AM Patrick Mahan <> wrote:
> So before I jump into the wilds of the Nvidia forums and other groups, I
> thought I would ask here.  I would like to hear any recommendations for the
> new Nvidia graphics from this list as I tend to find most of the
> recommendations useful.

Some time ago I have switched to GF1030 because it was silent (no fan)
and low power (30W) and for display it was enough.

However, it turns out that nVidia in a nightmare for Open-Source, so
you cannot do anything except what they give you with a binary blob
driver, that is basic display stuff. If you want to do OpenCL or
similar then forget nVidia.

After 20 years of being loyal customer of nVidia I have switched to
AMD RADEON RX580 simply because they support Open-Source while nVidia
does not.

On the other hand the graphics stack destruction that comes from Linux
KMS/DRM also impacts FreeBSD and it turns out that you neither can use
OpenCL nor even stable efficient graphics because RX580 driver crashes
my workstation. And since the time I have purchased RX580 until now
its price went over 50% down and still I have no use of this card on
FreeBSD :-(

In this situation GF1030 seems inexpensive and reasonable solution. At
least it works.


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