Suggested upgrade for a GeForce GT 450

Paul Procacci pprocacci at
Sun Feb 7 06:05:35 UTC 2021

If you do anything other than using your machine as a simple "Desktop" I'd
personally recommend against using NVIDIA.
You didn't mention anything of the sort so I'm speculating a bit.

I had to buy an AMD based card instead of NVIDIA to offload the mp4
compressions requirements from the 6 camera streams I have going.
Another thing to keep in mind is CUDA isn't available on FreeBSD.

If these two things above don't concern you, then you can ignore me
entirely.  These are just two things that came to mind immediately.
I've had no problems using any nvidia card I've thrown at a desktop machine


On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 12:48 AM Patrick Mahan <plmahan at> wrote:

> This might be better suited for freebsd-hardware, but I thought I would
> start here.
> I have an older system I built myself that has a GeForce GT 450.  This
> graphics card has served me well and through multiple FreeBSD upgrades.  I
> had it connected to my two displays using DVI-to-HDMI cables and everything
> works great.  But I am now transitioning to being a full-time telecommuter
> for work.  My work supplied system has a docking box that connects using
> DisplayPort.  My displays supported each, however, I have limited desktop
> real estate, so I was sent a modern KVM switch that, unfortunately, only
> supports DisplayPort.  However the GT 450 does not support DisplayPort, so
> I am unable to currently use my FreeBSD system via graphics.  However, I
> liked to use it via X11 because I make heavy use of Dia and other graphic
> tools to document my work.
> So before I jump into the wilds of the Nvidia forums and other groups, I
> thought I would ask here.  I would like to hear any recommendations for the
> new Nvidia graphics from this list as I tend to find most of the
> recommendations useful.
> Thanks for listening,
> Patrick
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