$50 Blobless video card that can drive 4 HDMI displays

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andyprough
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Interesting new card from Asus that uses an older Nvidia chipset which can be run 100% blob free. Lots of goodies including passive cooling, 4 HDMI ports, and ability to overclock. All for around $50. Just figured I'd share the news in case it's helpful for anyone.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=asus-50-gpu&num=1

lutes
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Indeed, thanks for sharing.

nadebula.1984
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Why should I buy this super-low-end GT710 when I can buy a GTX750Ti (GM107)?

Even if I don't need gaming performance, I'd rather buy GT720 with passive cooling (fanless) which support 4k resolution via HDMI 2.0.

lutes
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> Why should I buy this super-low-end GT710 when I can buy a GTX750Ti (GM107)?

Sparing $20-30 possibly?

Then of course, if you do not need those extra bucks you might choose to spend them on an upgraded GPU.

andyprough
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None of those 750s are going to have 4 HDMI slots. This would be good for someone like me who plugs in several non-4k monitors.

lutes
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That too.

nadebula.1984
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If you have such specific demand, then go ahead please.

However, for most average users, I'd like to recommend GT720 or GTX750Ti.

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> GTX750Ti (GM107)?

Is that the best GPU that works with free drivers and firmware?

andyprough
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I'm pretty sure it is, I agree with that.

PublicLewdness
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The GTX 780 Ti should work with Trisquel and other libre OS.

I have a GT 730 and while it didn't have all HDMI it had noticible lag when driving even 2 monitors. Has anyone here tried running 4 monitors on this GT 710 ? That being said it does have 2GB of VRAM vs the 1GB of my GT 730.

nadebula.1984
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I'm sure that GM107, or its professional version, GM107GL, is the best free/libre Nvidia GPU.

Intel's Iris Pro 5200/6200/6300P may be even better under GNU/Linux. However, CPUs with Iris/Pro integrated graphics are relatively rare. Some of such powerful CPUs are ultra-low-voltage Haswell/Broadwell and may have Boot Guard permanently enabled. If you want to build a powerful desktop or find a powerful notebook, here are some suggestions.

For desktops, buy a Z97/H97 motherboard and one of the following CPUs: i5 5675C, i7 5775C, or Xeon E3 1285 v4. You can enjoy the mighty yet still free/libre Iris Pro integrated graphics.

For notebooks, I know that Terrans Force X411 has Iris Pro 5200 (from i7 4750HQ CPU). However, I'm not sure whether this model has Boot Guard.

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Oh, I like this, minimalism, low power, doesn't need a fan, could plug into a laptop mini-PCIe slot with an adapter and there's even Windows XP drivers for it, so if you need a placeholder gaming appliance for game engines and scripts that are yet to be reverse-engineered.

It's a very versatile card and it's pretty good considering it was just designed as a daytraider GPU with an added niche for old Socket 775 HTPCs to have acceleration for newer codecs.