Question: Recommended video card

Hello there. This is my first post here. I'm opening this issue because I want to know what video board is recommended by Garuda users. Atm I have a Nvidia GTX 1060 6Gb, but I have issues to use Wayland, and I really desire to use it. So, I want to buy a new video card from AMD. What video card from AMD you have and how satisfied are You with it. I will use it for gaming, and for software development using Vulkan?

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System:
Kernel: 5.17.9-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
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cryptdevice=UUID=4f4d0d43-dcd9-4fd0-ae1d-de296b163620:luks-4f4d0d43-dcd9-4fd0-ae1d-de296b163620
root=/dev/mapper/luks-4f4d0d43-dcd9-4fd0-ae1d-de296b163620 quiet splash
rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 loglevel=3
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.5 tk: Qt v: 5.15.4 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
Type: Desktop System: Dell product: Inspiron 5680 v: 2.4.0
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 3 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: Dell model: 0M8K4M v: A00 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Dell
v: 2.4.0 date: 06/16/2020
CPU:
Info: model: Intel Core i7-8700 bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xF0
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 384 KiB desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB
L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 900 high: 901 min/max: 800/4600 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 900 2: 900 3: 900 4: 900
5: 900 6: 900 7: 900 8: 900 9: 900 10: 901 11: 901 12: 899
bogomips: 76799
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Vulnerabilities:
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf
mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled
Graphics:
Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: Dell driver: nvidia
v: 515.43.04 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
status: current (as of 2022-05) arch: Pascal pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s
lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c03 class-ID: 0300
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: nvidia unloaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,nouveau,nv,vesa gpu: nvidia display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 95 s-size: 513x292mm (20.20x11.50")
s-diag: 590mm (23.24")
Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 96
size: 510x290mm (20.08x11.42") diag: 587mm (23.1") modes: N/A
OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2
v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 515.43.04 direct render: Yes
Audio:
Device-1: Intel 200 Series PCH HD Audio vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a2f0 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio vendor: Dell
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f1 class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.9-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.51 running: yes
Network:
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
vendor: Dell driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1
port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Device-2: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
vendor: Dell driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
lanes: 1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:0042 class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-12:4
chip-ID: 0cf3:e009 class-ID: e001
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
RAID:
Hardware-1: Intel SATA Controller [RAID mode] driver: ahci v: 3.0
port: f020 bus-ID: 00:17.0 chip-ID: 8086:2822 rev: class-ID: 0104
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 1.24 TiB used: 156.35 GiB (12.3%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital
model: WDS240G2G0A-00JH30 size: 223.57 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0400
scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital
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size: 119.24 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0P10 scheme: GPT
Partition:
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ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 223.27 GiB size: 223.27 GiB (100.00%)
used: 41.19 GiB (18.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
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Swap:
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 15.42 GiB used: 1.8 MiB (0.0%)
priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 43 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 974 fan-1: 1163 gpu: nvidia fan: 45%
Info:
Processes: 305 Uptime: 12m wakeups: 0 Memory: 15.42 GiB
used: 2.95 GiB (19.1%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
gcc: 12.1.0 clang: 13.0.1 Packages: pacman: 1587 lib: 421 Shell: fish
v: 3.4.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.16
Garuda (2.6.3-2):
System install date:     2022-05-21
Last full system update: 2022-05-21
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:

Welcome to the Forums!

I don't believe Garuda recommends a different GPU than Linux in general. Therefore it's perfectly safe for you to check reviews on youtube or tomshardware or any other place and use that as your guidelines.

This will get you going on AMD GPUs, one of those is the winner for you: List of AMD graphics processing units - Wikipedia
The RX5000 series just above the chart of the 6000s could potentially be valid too.

Depends how far you want to push your gaming.
Gaming at 720p is one thing. Gaming at 2160p is a different beast.
Also depends if you want PCIe4 (less choices) or PCIe3 (more choices).

It would be interesting to see Garuda users' reviews of gaming with AMD GPUs and compare that to what you can find on the web.

Crossing fingers you'll get a couple of those reviews here. :slight_smile:

(Note: once you switch from NVIDIA to AMD, there is good chances you will have to adjust DPI scaling or Font sizes. In my case, the DPI was quite bigger by default with NVIDIA and AMD was so small I needed to up the DPI. I admit I am running a 4k monitor, results may vary on different resolutions, but something to keep in mind and not freak out first time you boot with AMD. :smiley:
Note 2: I don't think you will regret your choice with AMD, maintenance of drivers is much easier and there are overall less issues/bugs with AMD on Linux. Now for gaming, that I cannot say anything as I don't game)

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