[Chimera-users] nvidia graphics cards

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Feb 22 13:17:15 PST 2013

All of the GeForce and Quadro NVIDIA graphics cards should work with 
UCSF Chimera under Debian Linux. That said, stay away from the ones that 
are designed for business graphics, like the NVS series, instead of for 
3D graphics.  Also, make sure you use the proprietary NVIDIA graphics 
driver instead of the open-source one.

If you want view your data on a 3D TV or other 3D stereo display, then, 
on Linux, you will need a Quadro graphics card.  Otherwise, a GeForce 
card is fine.   Within the GeForce or Quadro lines, the more expensive 
cards are better.  And between GeForce and Quadro, you generally get 
more performance, for the same amount of money, with a GeForce card.

Take a look at our benchmark results, at 
http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/trac/chimera/wiki/benchmarks, for some idea of 
the relative performance of various graphics cards.  I'd also recommend 
looking at Tom's Hardware latest "Best Graphics Cards For The Money" 
article at 



On 2/22/2013 7:53 AM, compchem compchems wrote:
> Hi,
> What nvidia graphics cards are recommended to work with UCSF Chimera 
> under Debian Linux?
> What are better - quadro series or geforce?
> Unfortunately I have seen only special topics about, for example, 3d 
> graphics.
> So I don't have holistic view of the subject.
> Many thanks in advance.
> Dmitry.

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