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Cons Not a gamer's card... Blocks a PCI slot, but what card doesn't
Summary I'm not into gaming, I just want a low-end card in order to offload any graphics processing off my CPU and I don't want to use onboard video because it uses system memory.
Given these requirements, I really like fanless cards. Of course they're not great performers but since I'll only be using it for the occasional 3D application like Google Earth that's fine. 3D is also required for the Unity desktop interface in Ubuntu, so if it can handle that, that's all I ask.
This card fits the bill nicely. There are varying accounts around the web but it does seem like nVidia has better support in Linux overall.
This card replaces another fanless card, a 9400 GT that I've moved to a secondary system. Published stats indicate it should be better in terms of performance and power consumption. I benchmarked it and yes it does perform better.
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