Interesting, thanks for the rundown.  I don't really like the idea of proprietary graphics drivers, but it seems like Nvidia is still my best bet.  Hopefully someday the free AMD drivers will be up to par and I can switch back to them. I just have to go see if I can get my hands on a decent Nvidia card without the bitcoin miners snapping them all up :p

On 02/04/2018 03:19 PM, Guillermo Rozas wrote:
If the operating system and window manager don't have compatibility
issues with the GPU, GPU processing in Darktable works like a charm
(and it's very useful, specially if you intend to hang onto that
computer for 5 years or more).

The caveats regarding Linux-GPU compatibility:
- if you want to use only open source drivers, you have to go to AMD
(NVidia's open source driver is much slower). The same applies if you
want to use Wayland. However, the open source drivers don't provide
OpenCL in a way that Darktable can use them, so you'll need to add
some libraries to get that working (look in Darktable's forum
- if you don't have problems with using proprietary drivers and X
Window System, I would recommend NVidia due to the longer and more
explicit commitment to provide (proprietary) driver support (important
for a long lifetime machine). Of course, this recommendation assumes
that NVidia will finally release a Wayland-compatible version of its
proprietary driver by the time all major distributions kill X for good
(not before 2023, when Ubuntu 18.04 support ends)

In any case, check Darktable's forum, the question about best GPU pops
every now and then.

Best regards,

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 7:38 PM, Robert Bieber <> wrote:
Oh yeah, I'm just talking about the price of the CPU, not the whole PC. I'm
planning on doing all out on RAM and solid state drives as well. I guess GPU
might be of some concern as well, how has GPU processing in dark table on
Linux been going lately? I know it exists, but I'm always scared of anything
to do with graphics drivers on Linux

On February 4, 2018 1:16:22 PM PST, "Šarūnas" <>
On 02/04/2018 02:41 PM, Robert Bieber wrote:
  Hi everyone,

  I think it's time to finally replace the computer I built five-ish years
  ago.  It was a good machine at the time, but since then my RAW files
  have gone from 8MP to 16MP and now to 40, and running more expensive
  iops, especially with masks and so on, is getting to be pretty sluggish.

  I haven't really kept up with PC hardware in the meantime, so I'm
  curious what y'all would recommend for CPUs.  How much is a decent
  amount to spend for something high-end in the US market?  I'm guessing
  that dropping a grand on something/really/ high end is probably
  unnecessary, but maybe I'm wrong.

It may depend on where on Earth, but “grand” as in ~1000USD, will only
get you half-way, at best, to a high end PC...

You may want to check AMD Ryzen 5/7 + some higher-end GPUs, NVMe solid
state storage, healthy amounts of RAM.

Šarūnas Burdulis

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