That seems to be a statement made by Captain Obvious...
and obvious it is, but it doesn't make it any less true. Good video devices can mean the difference between a choppy, frustrating experience and a smooth, fulfilling one.
The HeliOS Project has been getting some fairly decent computers in the past year. People are starting to let go of their hyper-thread and dual core machines more and more. We tend to get donations within the third and fourth generation machines. Most times these computers come with adequate video cards or chipsets...
But many don't.
With the upcoming release of Ubuntu 11.04 and the default Unity Desktop, compiz is going to be a requirement for full functionality within the Unity environment.. This would seem like fertile ground to argue Gnome 3 vs Unity but let's not go there. Others have already made their arguments elsewhere...plentifully so.
Canonical has made their decision and we'll go with the flow.
Skip Guenter, our Director of Systems and Engineering has ordered three different models of video cards for HeliOS use. We find that we have to either replace or upgrade video for about 1 out of every 3 computers we rebuild for our kids. We've ordered one of each of the below video cards to see how they work in our systems. Keep in mind, many of our kids are being asked to use software that requires moderate to heavy 3D capability.
In addition to your opinion about these different cards, we also want to ask that if you have Nvidia or ATI cards that you are not using, please donate them to HeliOS. Email me directly or see our mailing address here.
We can provide you tax receipts if necessary and it would greatly reduce the money we have to spend. We've already budgeted about half of what we were donated from Rock A Charity for video card purchase but those won't last us long.
I would personally appreciate it if you would take a look and see what you have just laying around. If you could pass this along to your IT guys, that would be good. We will put them to good use.