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  • #16
    Originally posted by ninez View Post
    Wow (not that this is all that surprising!) but Nvidia (blob) certainly does wipe the floor with every other driver.
    yeah.. really.. especially considering AMD card costs ~160$, Intel graphics are integrated in CPU, and GTX is just a high-end card for ~500$

    EDIT:
    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    I wondering, did you notice he compare nVidia driver running on $470 GPU with Catalyst driver running on $180 GPU?
    ha ha, you were few minutes faster on posting exactly same thing I was thinking
    Last edited by padrikas; 12-13-2012, 02:06 PM.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
      I wondering, did you notice he compare nVidia driver running on $470 GPU with Catalyst driver running on $180 GPU?
      lol.

      _me_not_playing_close_enough_attention_

      still though, i would buy an nvidia card over AMD every single time (of similar costing cards). ~ no having to screw around with AMD's crappy blob or their somewhat poor support compared to nvidia's blob.

      cheerz

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      • #18
        @michael This is the post we have all been waiting for. Interesting results and decent commentary

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        • #19
          Did you notice radeon reach 90% of catalyst performance for Xonotic fullhd details low? This is amazing - first decent game without bottlenecks at good raw performance!

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          • #20
            Very interesting results. I was expecting the performance of all non-compositing window managers to be the same, and it clearly isn't for AMD hardware with both the closed and open-source drivers.

            Does anyone have a clue why?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
              Did you notice radeon reach 90% of catalyst performance for Xonotic fullhd details low? This is amazing - first decent game without bottlenecks at good raw performance!
              Definitely noticed that. I was a bit shocked/impressed as well. I mean radeon is pretty decent for an OSS gfx driver, but that result was surely, unexpected (for most people) i would tend to think.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                Did you notice radeon reach 90% of catalyst performance for Xonotic fullhd details low? This is amazing - first decent game without bottlenecks at good raw performance!
                That's the big news! In some tests (Nexuiz, Xonotic, even OpenArena), the free driver is becoming really competitive. And some of the optimizations have still not landed...

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Linuxhippy View Post
                  These results indicate clearly the opposite of what KWin developers recently told the public: KWin simply isn't great for gaming.
                  Probably they spend more time on PR than coding...

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by not.sure View Post
                    Probably they spend more time on PR than coding...
                    No, they're not gnome devs and I'm not sure what you mean. Do you consider it's fair to compare desktops with differnt options?

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                    • #25
                      *Nerdgasm*

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                      • #26
                        Thanks for the numbers. Looks like Unity's performance on nVidia is quite acceptable for gaming.

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                        • #27
                          Does seem to be any significant difference between Unity/Gnome/XFCE/LXDE/KDE on intel and non-free amd and nvidia. Only on the free drivers is there some issues....

                          Composition doesn't seem to be bad unless your driver is bad.

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                          • #28
                            cool benchmark

                            im suprised that unity is finally comparable now, amd and intel are of course being the bad ones (and i dont know why your using linux with their drivers anyways)

                            kde looks to be on the decline just a bit, i have not noticed any difference between it and the gnome-shells really, but it just seems to be regressing just the slightest on nvidia cards

                            not that it matters, i like kde because its the most fully featured, and can easily switch out to lxde if i want raw performance
                            lukubuntu would be the best distribution ever...

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by padrikas View Post
                              yeah.. really.. especially considering AMD card costs ~160$, Intel graphics are integrated in CPU, and GTX is just a high-end card for ~500$

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                              ha ha, you were few minutes faster on posting exactly same thing I was thinking
                              I wonder how much NVIDIA has paid Michael for those precise and fair tests in his article

                              Also why test modern GPU with old, OpenGL 2.0 games when you got Serious Sam, TF2 and Unigine Heaven out there... WTF

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by gutigen View Post
                                I wonder how much NVIDIA has paid Michael for those precise and fair tests in his article
                                Feel free to publish some tests proving him wrong.

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