I have Manjaro installed for years on a rather old PC running Manjaro : Core 2 Duo e7500, Nvidia 8800 GTS 512, 4Gb DDR2… which works very fine.
As far as I understand, Nvidia has dropped old hardware support on Linux, hence the absence of non-free driver for my GPU in the 5.8.0-2 kernel.
So I have 2 questions :
1°) For such an old GPU, is the Nouveau driver on par with the non-free driver, especially in the gaming side, consdering my hardware can still run some fine commercial games (+ emulation) ?
2°) If non-free is better than Nouveau, is it OK to not upgrade the kernel to the last version ? I’m currently running under the 5.7.14-1 kernel, with the 5.4.57-1 LTS kernel as backup if ever needed.
Thanks for your answers