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Ubuntu Graphics Driver Overview

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We’ve been getting some requests recently about what is the best make of graphics card to buy for use with Ubuntu, and although we aren’t a benchmarking site, and so can’t recommend specific models, what we can do is give people a brief overview of the current state of graphics drivers from the different manufacturers.

Once upon a time it was an easy answer; Nvidia. Nvidia have a long history of having the best graphics drivers on Linux, albeit closed source. But today the answer is not as clear cut and it’s becoming more a personal choice depending on pros and cons for each manufacturer.


Nvidia are obviously one of the big two in the GPU industry alongside AMD/ATI. I believe (from reading computer mags) that their top of the range cards are currently outperforming AMD’s. But then again only a few months back AMD were outperforming across the entire price range, and I believe AMD still maintain the lead among budget cards.

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