[ProgClub programming] AMD vs Nvidia

John Elliot V | ProgClub jj5 at progclub.org
Mon Jul 13 23:42:14 AEST 2020

I'm budget conscious and just want something that will be able to drive
dual 4k monitors. I don't think I care for 3D capabilities at all. I
won't be gaming, just programming via my KDE Plasma desktop.

I currently have an Nvidia card with no problems (under Kubuntu, not
sure if I'm running the proprietary drivers or not, I forget).

At the moment I'm thinking I might as well go AMD because the CPU in my
new computer will be AMD and who doesn't love a theme? :)

This is the card I'm looking at:


It has three DisplayPort 1.4 ports (I only need two) and it can do
7‎680x4320 at 60Hz which is dual 4k which is what I want.

I'm just a little worried that It Just Doesn't Work... because I'm old
and jaded... :P

On 13/7/20 6:03 pm, Jedd Rashbrooke wrote:
>  Hi John,
>  I'd guess it depends what you're optimising for.  
>  AMD's third-gen Ryzen range evidently provides the best bang per buck,
> especially if you've got a workload that takes advantage of multiple cores.
>  But I'm guessing because you're talking 'vs nvidia' that you mean
> graphics cards only ... ?
>  In which case, it'd also depend on your workload.
>  If you're not doing anything that needs a lot of 3D grunt, and you're
> not driving one or more 8k displays, then I suspect there's very little
> in it.  My one bit of anecdata with a mid-range AMD GPU a while ago ...
> was that I simply couldn't get X going with it, despite it being a
> greenfield build for a friend.  Ended up getting a lower mid-range
> nvidia card, and that Just Worked (proprietary drivers, but on a Debian
> build, natch).
>  People say AMD video cards Just Work on GNU/Linux systems, though, and
> the support for Wayland is much better, but, really, I'm clearly not the
> person to ask about that.
>  j.
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