[xubuntu-users] GDU

Paul Mader Schramm maderschramm at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 18:15:37 UTC 2014

First off, you don't "need" a graphics card for that plugin to work.
Having a GPU would enable "GPU acceleration" which means it offloads some
of the work from the CPU to your GPU, speeding things up.

Google-Nik requires OpenGL 3.0 to enable GPU acceleration, the list of
graphics cards you provided are just examples of cards that support OpenGL
3.0, that support a newer version of OpenGL should work as well.

Since your budget is £50 the best card you can afford is probably an R7 250
from AMD.  It's a re-branding of the HD 8670 but even though "HD8000
Series" isn't listed you don't need to worry because it supports OpenGL 4.4
- I also called Nik Software to confirm it would work.

Here's a list of R7 250s available in the UK:


This Asus is currently £47.21 with free shipping from Amazon:


You can read up on the card by browsing some reviews here:


I hope this helps.

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 4:10 AM, Norman Silverstone <norman at littletank.org>

> You can get a Radeon HD 6450 shipped for under $50
>> They're fanless, require no power connectors, and play nicely with Linux
>> with both the open-source and proprietary drivers - at least as per
>> Phoronix.
>> Seems like a good option to test the waters with a low barrier to entry.
>> Of course, if I knew what software you were using and what budget you
>> have I could make a better suggestion.
> <snip>
> I do not need the GDU to run any software in Xubuntu, it is to run a
> plug-in called Google-NIK on Photoshop on my Windows 7 installation. Now if
> there is a way to be able to use the GDU on Windows without it interfering
> with Xububtu 12.04.1 LTS. that would be ideal. Budget is not a real problem
> but let's say up to £50.
> I have tried to sort the problem out using Google but have ended up being
> more confused then ever.
> Norman
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