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Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:27 pm
by lightpriest
I was going to ask how the game feels like it's not running as it should.
I thought it was some configuration/software issue but after searching a bit and looking at performance comparison tables I realized my GeForce 210 can't really hold this game with full screen mode and on the native resolution of 1680x1050.
I get around 11 FPS avg.

I decided to post this here anyway so that other people would find it instead of searching why it doesn't work properly.

I'm using the proprietary drivers on a dual core 64bit AMD.
I guess low-end really means low-end.

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:49 pm
by fb_jpk2
Hi,

The problem with your GeForce 210 and with the low framerate is really about the resolution / the pixel pushing performance of the graphics card... Basically, I would assume that you really cannot get a 1680x1050 out of that - as Trine is pretty graphics intensive (and most modern games probably would not run smoothly on that resolution anyway using GF210.)

I'm not sure exactly how well GF 210 performs compared to GF 220, but my personal experiences using GeForce 220 goes as follows (if my memory serves me right):
- You should be able to run the game on 1280x720 resolution using high detail settings with the framerate ranging at about 30-50 FPS or so, depending on level (at least on windows, I'd expect similar performance on linux, as the framerate is mostly GPU pixel pushing limited). With GF 210, there is probably some difference, and you may have to reduce some graphics settings or the resolution for it to run smoothly.

Trine should still look quite nice, even on the 1280x720 resolution, though on Linux, you may want to apply the rendering blurriness fix posted on the trine techical support forums to really get the appropriate sharpness for the rendering.
(viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3380#p13836)

In overall, lower end graphics cards will usually tend to get framerate limited heavily depending on the resolution, so it will need to be lowered to get sensible framerates (1680x1050 is too high a resolution for low end graphics cards).

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:35 pm
by lightpriest
Thanks for the quick reply, that was my conclusion after playing with the resolution. Just forgot to mention it.

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:18 pm
by Xpander
also framerate might be bad because system thinks ur cpu is still in idle and cpu will have idle frequency
if u using gnome then add cpu frequency scaler applet to ur gnome panel and set the mode to "performance" before u enter the game.
its known problem with many games that if the setting is "ondemand" the frequency jumps up and down and makes the game slow. Some games however force it to performance itself.

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:15 pm
by TTIO
fb_jpk2 wrote:In overall, lower end graphics cards will usually tend to get framerate limited heavily depending on the resolution, so it will need to be lowered to get sensible framerates (1680x1050 is too high a resolution for low end graphics cards).


I think the 210 is actually a rebranded 9 series, if memory serves me correctly. I could be wrong though - but I know some of the 9 series are better XD

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:53 pm
by ckop64
I have a 9600 GT. The game runs fairly well (over 30 FPS) with 1920×1080 resolution and VSync enabled. Everything is turned on/set to very high except for Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. Only some very limited slowdowns are present. I use the proprietary nVidia driver.

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:43 am
by philh
I only get around 20fps with my GT220, fullscreen 1680x1050 on 64bit linux with the binary blob. For some reason the console wont open in the windows demo running under wine, so i can't get it to display framerate, but it seems a lot smoother with the same settings.

Re: Linux: Is my nVidia card really that bad?

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:52 pm
by ckop64
I just noticed something: playing in lower than 1080p and non-fullscreen makes the game choppy as hell for me. Are you running it fullscreen?