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This is a whole separate computer in its self. Again the decision starts with the processor, the Graphics Processor Unit GPU, then the Chipset used on the card and finally the brand of card.

During my exploration of this subject area I discovered CUDA! (See
Wikipedia - Graphics Processing Unit) Its not that I am excited about fast running games but the idea of a parallel processing system on my desk was too much to resist. Read about CUDA here;
That was it, it had to be a CUDA compatible board. I know I will probably never get around to programming it but....

More about CUDA below but lets get on with the job in hand.

Considerations: Cheapest quiet CUDA card that will run with Ubuntu 10.04.

Graphics Processor Unit GPU

Given the price it was really a choice between GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GTX

Tom's Hardware provided a good performance comparison of GeForce GTS 450, GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GTX 460 768 MB, Radeon HD 5770


Comparison of Nvidia chipsets   

Brand of card

Tom's Hardware Zotec GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Zotac Forum - No Sound

PNY Launches XLR8 GeForce GTX 550 Ti Graphics Card A mention that you can program CUDA cards in C/C++

Linux Graphics Drivers from Intel


Watch this about CUDA and there are more links below.

John Nickolls. "Stanford Lecture: Scalable Parallel Programming with CUDA on Manycore GPUs"

YouTube Video

GE puts CUDA on single board computer

GE Intelligen Platforms GE111
"The OpenVPX-compatible GRA111 is the second generation 3U VPX graphics board, employing the state-of-the-art NVIDIA GT 240 GPU to bring desktop performance to the rugged Military and Aerospace market.". Wow thats changed! 20 years ago it was the civil market following the military. Perhaps a good thing.

Tesla Computing Solutions




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