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Date:      Sun, 7 Feb 2021 10:16:19 -0600
From:      Valeri Galtsev <>
To:        Tomasz CEDRO <>
Cc:        Patrick Mahan <>, User Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Suggested upgrade for a GeForce GT 450
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> On Feb 7, 2021, at 9:57 AM, Tomasz CEDRO <> wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 6:48 AM Patrick Mahan <> =
>> 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.

And it has been so at least for as long as I dare to remember which is =
some 20 years.

> 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.

And during all that 20 years AMD always was my savior=E2=80=A6 I second =
what you say. Also, NVIDIA obsoletes hardware that is still decent, =
which is another source of pain in you know where.


> 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.
> --=20
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