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Time For a New Video Card?

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Whenever ATI or Nvidia bring out a new architecture, a slew of derivatives invariably follows. The sequence goes like this: First comes the rock-star high-end part with the most vertex and pixel shader units, the highest clock speeds, and all the bells and whistles. These appear in cards priced between $500 and $600, and give cachet to all the parts in that architecture family. Usually, the midrange part follows, and has a reduced number of vertex/pixel shader units, and a lower price-tag, normally from $200 to $250. This is the real workhorse for GPU makers, and makes them the bulk of their money.

There has historically been a desert between about $200 and $500 price-points, but the most recent generation of GPUs—Nvidia's NV4x and ATI's R4xx—have seen the rise of $300 and $400 upper-midrange offerings. These additional parts, plus the AGP-to-PCI Express transition have caused the number of available GPUs to mushroom, giving us choices aplenty. Which GPUs really give you the most performance for the fewest dollars? That's today's topic, so strap yourself in for today's ride through the GPU landscape where we'll show you best (and worst) values for your money.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more