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  • NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu Is Very Competitive With Windows 8

    Phoronix: NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu Is Very Competitive With Windows 8

    In recent days on Phoronix I have published benchmarks showing Windows 8 beating Ubuntu Linux for Intel Haswell performance and the Radeon Gallium3D driver losing to AMD Catalyst Legacy on Windows. As some good news for NVIDIA Linux users, the performance on Ubuntu Linux can beat out Microsoft Windows 8 on modern GPUs. However, the strong Linux performance can only be found if using the closed-source NVIDIA driver and not the open-source Nouveau alternative.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18970

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    And this is generally why Nvidia is suggested anytime someone asks which graphics vendor has the best Linux support.
    I guess the others are okay if you have no plans of doing anything more graphically intensive than Super Tuxkart.
    Last edited by peppercats; 07-30-2013, 12:24 AM.

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    • #3
      I'm quite impressed.
      Looking forward to similar testing with X.org vs Wayland vs Win8 - buuut lacking EGL (and maybe Wayland native benchmarking?), it's likely to be a while.

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      • #4
        The Nouveau driver performance was generally very low

        FTFY

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        • #5
          It is not clear to me.
          did the nouveau driver reclocked the 9800gtx to the max before running benchmark or not?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by birdie View Post
            The Nouveau driver performance was generally very low

            FTFY
            If it even managed to run the benchmark correctly at all.

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            • #7
              But all tests on win were using opengl, not direct3d? I guess direct3d will achieve more about 10% more fps.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by peppercats View Post
                And this is generally why Nvidia is suggested anytime someone asks which graphics vendor has the best Linux support.
                I guess the others are okay if you have no plans of doing anything more graphically intensive than Super Tuxkart.
                tell that to this guy

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                • #9
                  I wish this was true for nVidia GT520 and games I play. On Windows, I get much smoother performance in Alien Arena (framerate is a bit worse, but the game looks smoother than on Linux - I have no idea why). The same for Source engine games: Team Fortress 2 on Windows: 20-40 FPS (lowest and highest), on Linux: 10-30 FPS (lowest and highest) and the game gets stuck everytime there are too many objects on screen moving (this does not happen on Windows)

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                  • #10
                    I simply don't understand why AMD can't deliver closed drivers that are almost as good as the Windows ones. What's so hard? What does NVIDIA do differently?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kokoko3k View Post
                      It is not clear to me.
                      did the nouveau driver reclocked the 9800gtx to the max before running benchmark or not?
                      Good question, the 9800 performance was not so far behind. AFAIK this is just a reclocking issue like the ATI drivers where it gets fixed and performance suddenly jumps.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chrisb View Post
                        Good question, the 9800 performance was not so far behind. AFAIK this is just a reclocking issue like the ATI drivers where it gets fixed and performance suddenly jumps.
                        I doubt it's 'just a reclocking issue' considering a lot of benchmarks flat out failed to perform on the opensource driver.

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                        • #13
                          As someone who is more interested in stability than performance, my next hardware is not going to be nVidia.
                          I prefer the open source drivers - and Intel/AMD are making a killing with this regard.

                          In fact, there is no need to compromise. With Intel and AMD I get good performance as well while using the open source drivers.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by peppercats View Post
                            I doubt it's 'just a reclocking issue' considering a lot of benchmarks flat out failed to perform on the opensource driver.
                            Yes but aren't those just regressions that will get fixed before release? Whereas the reclocking issue is one of missing functionality.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by amehaye View Post
                              As someone who is more interested in stability than performance, my next hardware is not going to be nVidia.
                              I prefer the open source drivers - and Intel/AMD are making a killing with this regard.

                              In fact, there is no need to compromise. With Intel and AMD I get good performance as well while using the open source drivers.
                              AMD still isn't good if you need performance on Linux. Nowadays, I'd go for Intel Haswell with integrated GPU

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