Recommended Video Cards For Linux

Many of the best graphics cards also run with Linux.

The Linux operating system comes in many varieties and is an open-source and free-to-use software. Although this means Linux is being re-imagined, re-tooled and updated often, it also means that some graphics cards will be more compatible with the operating system than others. Fortunately, there are several graphics cards that are Linux friendly.

ATI Radeon HD 4650

The ATI Radeon HD4650 video card by XFX features 1024 MB of dedicated graphics memory, a PCIe Gen 2.0 Bus configuration and advanced graphics support for streaming video, video editing and even 3D image editing and manipulation. Although this card was designed to work in Windows based PCs, ATI has made a version of its Catalyst display driver that is compatible both with the ATI Radeon HD 4650 and the Linux operating system. The ATI Catalyst 10.9 Proprietary Display driver allows for HD video and other features of the HD 4650 to be displayed using the Linux operating system. The drivers are available for free download at and are available for both 32- and 64-bit Linux versions.

GeForce GTX 460

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 is a graphics card designed not just for the casual computer user, but for the intense gamer, with advanced technology such as NVIDIA PhysX gaming enhancements and NVIDIA 3D Vision support for 3D glasses. This video card includes 1 GB of dedicated memory and a dedicated processor that runs at speeds up to 1350 MHz. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 card also includes display drivers for the 32- and 64-bit versions Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu and Red Hat. These drivers are available for download at

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Radeon HD 5850

The ATI Radeon HD 5850 includes Eyefinity multidisplay technology, ATI stream acceleration and features Tera Scale 2 Unified Processing at up to 1.GHz. This system is also capable of Crossfiring, meaning it can be paired with another Radeon HD 5850 to provide even faster and more elaborate graphics processing. The Linux display drivers for this graphics card is located on the AMD website for free download as part of the ATI Catalyst 10.4 download.

GeForce GTX 295

Featuring NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology that provides precise image scaling and HD resolution, Dual Link DVI support which displays HD-quality imaging up to 2560×1600 size panels, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 is a high-performance graphics card available for several different operating systems including Linux. The display drivers for this graphics card are available for download on the NVIDIA website.