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    Phoronix: Testing 60+ Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPUs On Linux With Open-Source Drivers

    With Thursday marking the ten year anniversary of launching Phoronix.com and also the six-year anniversary since the public 1.0 debut of the Phoronix Test Suite, there's a lot of interesting articles that I've been working on to celebrate these two milestones. For your viewing pleasure today is easily the largest graphics processor comparison that's ever happened at Phoronix... I've tested over 60 GPUs from the Intel HD Graphics, AMD Radeon, AMD FirePro, and NVIDIA GeForce series to see how their performance is when using the very latest open-source Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=20509

  • #2
    Great work Michael!

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    • #3
      Really nice

      I can't wait for the patch that enables reclocking for Kepler cards, I really want to see how performant nouveau ends up being then.

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      • #4
        I'm in a weird situation, my Linux gaming rig runs a 6870 due to it being my previous Windows card until I upgraded to a 7970. But the 7970 was running badly in Windows and I was sick of dealing with Catalyst on Windows so swapped it out for a 770 GTX.

        That means I have a 7970 sitting around doing nothing, but rather than stick it in my Linux box, it's better for me to leave the 6870 in there. The best card on Linux is a several years old Ati thing that I happened to purchase as a stopgap at the time. Not even brute forcing it with last gens top-of-the line beats it. It astounds me really, I understand about the relative maturity of the software, but it still strikes me as strange.

        As an aside, really looking forward to the test farm Michael. Keep up the great work!

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        • #5
          Michael,

          The frame time distribution graphs are a nice improvement! That tells a *much* more useful story than average FPS.

          -- Chris

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chrisf View Post
            Michael,

            The frame time distribution graphs are a nice improvement! That tells a *much* more useful story than average FPS.

            -- Chris
            indeed !

            much appreciated

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            • #7
              R7 260X isn't as bad as your results show.

              Hi Michael,

              First of all, bravo on publishing such a comprehensive benchmarking article. I don't thing anyone, even on the windows side, does this.

              I currently have a MSI R7 260X which I bought in January. It was a bumpy ride initially but since the past few months I am really impressed with this GPU. My setup is Ubuntu 14.04 with stock Mesa and an updated kernel. I have seen a bunch of your articles in which your numbers for this card don't seem to match with mine. Here are the results of my furmark running at 1920x1080

              https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...%3A42%3A33.png

              As you can see, the results are quiet different. You data shows a total points of 114 while mine is over 500. A difference of a few points is understandable but >4x difference suggests there's something wrong with the test. I have also noticed under separate articles where you have mentioned that this card gets around 10 FPS in Xonotic under high settings while I always seem to get above 40FPS. Ultra crashes though.

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              • #8
                I am impressed

                With amount of work Michael has done.

                I am still gonna stick to my guns with Nvidia binary drivers and cards, since AMD clearly a bad choice when it comes for Bang for the Buck.
                interesting, non the less!

                I'd love to play games on open source GPU, but i don't think it's happening any time soon. May be when Weston will become reality... In a few years.

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                • #9
                  nouveau now supports reclocking btw:

                  http://cgit.freedesktop.org/~darktam...7dab04e76b8742

                  Retest please

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kaprikawn View Post
                    I'm in a weird situation, my Linux gaming rig runs a 6870 due to it being my previous Windows card until I upgraded to a 7970. But the 7970 was running badly in Windows and I was sick of dealing with Catalyst on Windows so swapped it out for a 770 GTX.
                    Same, I got a 7870. Bad idea, it never worked well. So I went back to NVidia since they're a little bit nicer these days, and also got a 770. It is slow on Linux without reclocking, but works rather well. On Windows, it is simply perfect, the overall quality is higher than ATI.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dimko View Post
                      With amount of work Michael has done.

                      I am still gonna stick to my guns with Nvidia binary drivers and cards, since AMD clearly a bad choice when it comes for Bang for the Buck.
                      interesting, non the less!

                      I'd love to play games on open source GPU, but i don't think it's happening any time soon. May be when Weston will become reality... In a few years.
                      You can't play a game on an open source GPU right now, obviously.

                      Wayland won't change gaming performance in the slightest, except maybe in windowed mode with compositing. But on recent cards, compositing only has a small negative effect on gaming performance in windowed mode.

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                      • #12
                        The box plot needs to have an explanation text (in the image) saying what percentages you used for the whiskers. The common ones (25% and 75%), or the 2%, 98% that you reported trying?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by curaga View Post
                          The box plot needs to have an explanation text (in the image) saying what percentages you used for the whiskers. The common ones (25% and 75%), or the 2%, 98% that you reported trying?
                          2% and 98% for whiskers, the box is around 25% and 75%, dots for outliers on the extremes past the whiskers. Min/Avg/Max reported to left of graph.
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dimko View Post
                            I'd love to play games on open source GPU, but i don't think it's happening any time soon. May be when Weston will become reality... In a few years.
                            I use the oss driver on my 7870 in linux. springrts runs fine, tesseract runs fine except for the sky because of one shader that causes crashes by register spilling, and that is still broken. But the performance is very good and way better then I expected.

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                            • #15
                              Michael, you should mention that radeon driver have shadows broken . So better avoid benchmarking Unigine Sanctuary, because numbers can be incorrect when you have broken render

                              http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showt...131#post418131

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