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    Phoronix: Benchmarking NVIDIA's R310 Linux Driver Improvements

    This week NVIDIA began advertising their new "R310" Linux graphics driver that "delivers [a] massive performance boost to Linux gaming" as a result of Valve releasing their Steam Linux Beta. The NVIDIA 310.xx Linux graphics driver not only improves the performance for Valve's Source Engine games, but many Linux OpenGL games. In this article are benchmarks from three graphics cards to highlight the optimizations.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18120

  • #2
    Hi Michael,

    I'm curious, is this with or without 'Unredirect Fullscreen Windows" enabled in Compiz config settings manager?
    I've noticed a lot better performance with Unity and games by enabling this feature.

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    • #3
      This is actually quite encouraging. I'm excited to see what things are like a year from now, once people have gotten more involved with gaming on Linux and Wayland starts coming around. We could see some huge performance wins in the near future.

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      • #4
        I wonder what this means for Windows drivers, because the performance of Linux drivers was very close to them. And now the Linux performance got better.

        Torrent of posts about how nvidia doesn't support linux incoming in 3, 2, 1...

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        • #5
          Hmm...isn't there...some driver...which would be fun to throw in just for laughs?

          You know, its not like NVIDIA doesn't support Linux or anything...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gamerk2 View Post
            Hmm...isn't there...some driver...which would be fun to throw in just for laughs?

            You know, its not like NVIDIA doesn't support Linux or anything...
            Letís see on that performance boost, on my plain GTX460@700/3600, tested in Unigine Heaven 3.0:
            -1920◊1080 fullscreen
            -no AA
            -16x aniso.
            -shaders: high
            -tess: extreme
            -Linux 310.14 / Windows 310.33

            Linux: 23.4 / 589 / 12.1 / 59.3
            WindowsOGL: 23.4 / 588 / 11.9 / 61.2
            WindowsDX11: 24.6 / 619 / 12.5 / 66.6

            Thatís just ~5% differenceÖ and not in the right direction... also, activating AA in Unigine will slow down with 25% or so... yeah broken like that since Heaven 2.1 or so, not nVidia's fault though. Others are not so lucky: http://www.geeks3d.com/20121022/msi-...-2gb-review/5/

            I'll retest against 304.xx later...

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            • #7
              Next will we see an optimized and bug-free Catalyst Linux driver?
              Ahahaha... *sigh* I wish...

              What can I say. Always nvidia on my linux desktop (ever since my first geforce2mx for ~200Ä, and euros didn't exist at the time!), and never looked back.

              I just wish optimus wasn't such a mess.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Licaon View Post
                Let’s see on that performance boost, on my plain GTX460@700/3600, tested in Unigine Heaven 3.0:
                -1920◊1080 fullscreen
                -no AA
                -16x aniso.
                -shaders: high
                -tess: extreme
                -Linux 310.14 / Windows 310.33

                Linux: 23.4 / 589 / 12.1 / 59.3
                WindowsOGL: 23.4 / 588 / 11.9 / 61.2
                WindowsDX11: 24.6 / 619 / 12.5 / 66.6

                That’s just ~5% difference… and not in the right direction... also, activating AA in Unigine will slow down with 25% or so... yeah broken like that since Heaven 2.1 or so, not nVidia's fault though. Others are not so lucky: http://www.geeks3d.com/20121022/msi-...-2gb-review/5/

                I'll retest against 304.xx later...

                What CPU? Unigine can get easily bottlenecked if your CPU is not up to snuff. Also those numbers actually look like you might have vsync enabled.

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                • #9
                  Nice minimum 20% boost across the board. Sometimes even 25%.

                  Valve should do their "Faster Zombies" test with L4D2 on Linux vs. Windows 7 again.
                  Which ended 315 vs. 270 FPS in favor of Linux with OpenGL. Wonder it would score 378 FPS now on Linux.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    What CPU? Unigine can get easily bottlenecked if your CPU is not up to snuff.
                    Yeah, not a great CPU, AMD Athlon II X3 450 @ 3.2GHz, I might try a 1280x1024 versus just for kicks, that should avoid a CPU bottleneck?

                    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                    Also those numbers actually look like you might have vsync enabled.
                    By chance the max FPS is around 60, just a coincidence, I know that nVidia sets Vsync ON by default and that's the way a use it anyway, but no, I disable Vsync everytime I run benches.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Licaon View Post
                      Yeah, not a great CPU, AMD Athlon II X3 450 @ 3.2GHz, I might try a 1280x1024 versus just for kicks, that should avoid a CPU bottleneck?


                      By chance the max FPS is around 60, just a coincidence, I know that nVidia sets Vsync ON by default and that's the way a use it anyway, but no, I disable Vsync everytime I run benches.
                      Check the frame to frame latencies; that should show if you're bottlenecking or not.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                        I wonder what this means for Windows drivers, because the performance of Linux drivers was very close to them. And now the Linux performance got better.
                        The 310 drivers for Windows include a significant performance boost there, too, according to the NVIDIA driver changelog. It took all of 10 seconds to Google that, likely less time than it took you to write your post. They're showing very significant improvements for some poorly-written games (e.g. Skyrim) and a still respectable 3-6% improvement for a number of already well-optimized (mostly hardware-limited) games. (All on Direct3D; NVIDIA didn't mention OpenGL performance numbers for Windows for these drivers.)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by elanthis View Post
                          The 310 drivers for Windows include a significant performance boost there, too, according to the NVIDIA driver changelog. It took all of 10 seconds to Google that, likely less time than it took you to write your post. They're showing very significant improvements for some poorly-written games (e.g. Skyrim) and a still respectable 3-6% improvement for a number of already well-optimized (mostly hardware-limited) games. (All on Direct3D; NVIDIA didn't mention OpenGL performance numbers for Windows for these drivers.)
                          nvidia mentioned? so this are nvidias statements about the performance increase and no benchmarks? in that case i would eat that claims carefully.

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                          • #14
                            Article takes forever to load

                            Looks like the problem is openbenchmarking.org being very slow to respond

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                              Nice minimum 20% boost across the board. Sometimes even 25%.

                              Valve should do their "Faster Zombies" test with L4D2 on Linux vs. Windows 7 again.
                              Which ended 315 vs. 270 FPS in favor of Linux with OpenGL. Wonder it would score 378 FPS now on Linux.
                              Actually i believe that *this* is the special custom beta driver that Valve used to do those tests...and only now was released to the masses.

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