I want to learn about GPU's. My desire to learn is motivated by two things: first, I'm just curious. Second, I don't have the funds to build a computer right now, so I want to spend the time between now and whenever I procure those funds learning as much as I can, so that no matter what cards are on the market, I can make an educated decision about what card will suit my needs.
Speaking of which, these are my needs:
- I hardly ever game, and what gaming I do is mainly older stuff (currently I'm slowly playing through Half Life I)
- I do a generous amount of virtualization. For instance, right now I have a pfSense network with 5 clients virtualized while I test different configurations before I implement them into the school network I'm building.
- I do some video editing, and I'm slowly ramping up how often/how much I edit.
- I'm am solely on Linux. I completely left Windows a year ago after three or four years of dual booting. I will not go back to Windows. Ever. Period. However I do switch distros roughly ever three months.
- Down the road, I plan to start implementing Blender animations into my videos (emphasis on down the road).
I want to learn what makes a GPU good at these things specifically, however, I also want to learn as much as I can in general about GPU's.
- What do you think is important to know about GPU's?
- If anyone can A) Help me out with an answer, or just some knowledge you thing is useful, or B) Direct me to a resource that I can study for myself, that would be great.
- In every field of IT/CS/whatever, there's knowledge that everybody wishes they'd learned sooner, the sort of knowledge that opened your eyes to something that had been confusing you for a long time. Anything like that would be awesome too.
I'll end this with a question: I hear a lot of talk about VRM's, so
- What do VRM's do/where I can I research them
- How do you determine if a GPU has... Good VRM's? <-- if that's how one should phrase that question.
Thanks in advance, I look forward to learning.
*Disclaimer: This thread is to augment my own personal research. I'm not just leeching, I'm looking it into all of this as well as reaching out for help.