nVIDIA® is no doubt the GPU today. Everywhere, we see the recognizable logo of nVIDIA especially in the official websites of most game titles and on their retail boxes and fan-kits. nVIDIA truly conquered the scene as the undisputed leader and provider of GPUs that can pull us inside virtual worlds.
Here is my story… sort-of…
Today, I am using nVIDIA® GeForce® GT630. An entry-level GeForce 6 series GPU that so far has provided the right graphics for my gaming needs. The GT630, though belonging in the entry-level category, already pack solid features like having a 128-bit 1 GB RAM which is needed if you want better graphics.
Take for example the game that I am playing today, ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2. I play this game on both (Linux) Lubuntu 64-bit and Microsoft® Windows 7 64-bit. And I can tell you, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this game if not for nVIDIA GeForce GT630. Just look at these screenshots.
Another game that I play is, again from ArenaNet, the original Guild Wars, the game that introduced the now popular buy-to-play (B2P) model. This one is interesting because I used to play this game on nVIDIA® GeForce® 7300LE. Yes, pretty old, bought it back in 2006/2007, but it was more than enough for me then.
The GeForce® 7300LE Days
Then came Runes of Magic, look at these screenshots of RoM running on (Linux) Ubuntu 64-bit with nVIDIA GeForce 7300LE.
I also played Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft during my GeForce 7300LE days, however, when I won the GeForce GT630, I’ve long stopped playing WoW. With the old 7300LE model, I was already enjoying a good fps on WoW especially in Linux, and nVIDIA wasn’t giving much concentration and support for Linux yet at that time.
Which brings me to my next point…
nVIDIA’s Linux Support is Unparalleled
nVIDIA GPUs are that good because even without the same level of dedication and support for Linux during the good ol’ days (as compared today), I was able to run games properly in my Linux OS - even better than what I was getting in Windows XP.
Today, or since 2012 especially, nVIDIA’s support for the Linux OS was fantastic. We get more patches than before, patches that - mind you - also improves the Windows nVIDIA drivers. Because of this new-found love of nVIDIA with Linux and the Linux gaming community, we are now enjoying a much better experience than before. Which also had the domino effect of convincing the major game developer companies to port their used games to Linux!
That is what nVIDIA is to me. That is my nVIDIA experience. As a Linux gamer, I am proud to say that I am using and will only use an nVIDIA® GPU.
This year, I am looking at building a new PC, this time a true gaming box. New games are coming out with built-in nVIDIA technologies support. Games like the much-awaited spiritual successor of Ultima Online - ArcheAge (AA). Then there is also the community favourite The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). And let us not forget, the ever popular franchise now MMORPG - Neverwinter (NWN).
I will definitely play these upcoming games. These are my kind of games - sandbox MMORPGs. Of course I want to play these games in all its glory, and that is only possible with a high-end level nVIDIA GPU like a brand-new GeForce GTX680Ti.
nVIDIA® the way it’s meant to be played.