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Quad Dell T3400 Upgrade to NV GTS450 V GT610

This card has 1GB ram and runs immediately on Mint with a default nouveau driver, that can be changed to the recommended nv driver:


sudo apt install sysinfo

It needs a driver DL for Win7 from also:


This driver's app also updates and optimises for your installed win games.

Unigine in w7 shows:

Unigine in Mint shows big white squares:

Maybe a restart required to embed the driver change into the kernel...?


Yep - runs perfectly now:

The benchmark info in Mint 17.2 Rafaela is:

PCI Bus 0000:01
<tt> f0000000-f7ffffff </tt> : NVIDIA Corporation GF106 [GeForce GTS 450] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
<tt> f8000000-f9ffffff </tt> : NVIDIA Corporation GF106 [GeForce GTS 450] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

CPU Blowfish

-CPU Blowfish-
<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 3.647
Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.50GHz (null) 26.1876862
PowerPC 740/750 (280.00MHz) (null) 172.816713

CPU CryptoHash

-CPU CryptoHash-
<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 302.264

CPU Fibonacci

-CPU Fibonacci-
<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 3.219
Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.50GHz (null) 8.1375674
PowerPC 740/750 (280.00MHz) (null) 58.07682

CPU N-Queens

-CPU N-Queens-
<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 12.992


<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 1.602

FPU Raytracing

-FPU Raytracing-
<big><b>This Machine</b></big> 2499 MHz 16.863
Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.50GHz (null) 40.8816714
PowerPC 740/750 (280.00MHz) (null) 161.312647

stevee@T3400 ~ $ glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
596 frames in 5.0 seconds = 119.195 FPS
600 frames in 5.0 seconds = 119.963 FPS
599 frames in 5.0 seconds = 119.795 FPS
601 frames in 5.0 seconds = 119.948 FPS
601 frames in 5.0 seconds = 120.142 FPS


glmark2 Score: 576

It plays Half Life very quickly as you expect:

I'm not installing SOMA in Mint again as it's huge and it plays fine in Windows, so I expect this card to play fine in Mint also as it has a suitable driver. COD Advanced Warfare in Win7 via Steam only just plays but stutters frames periodically. Would need at least a 2GB vid card I suspect - and the min 8 GB ram not just 4GB - it's on the way...

I'll check some stuff in Phoronix later..

Phoronix Test Suite v4.8.3
Interactive Benchmarking

System Hardware:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.50GHz (4 Cores), Motherboard: Dell 0TP412, Chipset: Intel 82X38/X48 + ICH9R, Memory: 8192MB, Disk: 500GB Seagate ST3500312CS + 160GB SAMSUNG HD160JJ/, Graphics: Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1024MB, Audio: Intel 82801I, Network: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5754 Gigabit PCI

Select Task: 5

Detected System Sensors

CPU Frequency: 2000.00 Megahertz
CPU Temperature: 28.0 Celsius
CPU Usage: 3.27 Percent
GPU Fan Speed: 40 Percent
GPU Frequency: 830 Megahertz
GPU Temperature: 33 Celsius
Drive Read Speed: 0.00 MB/s
Drive Write Speed: 0.00 MB/s
Memory Usage: 1386 Megabytes
Network Usage: 0 Kilobytes/second
Swap Usage: 0 Megabytes
System Iowait: 0.00 Percent

7/1/16 Asus 2GB GT610 tested and it's crap in comparison - 7FPS - just shows that GPU memory/model numbers are not the deciding performance factor...


It's not much different from the AMDA8 though..

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