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  • #21
    Actually, I just noticed that the site has been updated very recently and includes numbers for 5xx and 6xx hardware as well. There is a FAQ that states pretty clearly that they understand glxgears is not a good benchmark, so that's a start.

    Oh well... that's the curse of the internet. Anyone who makes the effort to put up a big collection of useful information ends up getting abuse a couple of years later when the world has changed but their information has become the canonical reference for anyone searching for answers. Retesting everything would be a big task, even with glxgears, but maybe one or two lines at the start of the page might be a good compromise.

    EDIT - I guess in the meantime we could tweak glxgears to add an option to make it at least vaguely useful as a benchmark, by drawing the gears 50 times between calls to glXSwapBuffers or something. It would still suck (if only because every draw would have the same Z values) but would definitely suck less.
    Last edited by bridgman; 09-20-2009, 11:47 AM.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by bridgman View Post
      EDIT - I guess in the meantime we could tweak glxgears to add an option to make it at least vaguely useful as a benchmark, by drawing the gears 50 times between calls to glXSwapBuffers or something. It would still suck (if only because every draw would have the same Z values) but would definitely suck less.
      Or we could redisable the fps counter and have it instead output useful stuff like OpenGL renderer. (like most of the other demos do)

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      • #23
        Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
        Or we could redisable the fps counter and have it instead output useful stuff like OpenGL renderer. (like most of the other demos do)
        I think there's an option for that already.

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        • #24
          Code:
          #define BENCHMARK
          
          #ifdef BENCHMARK
          
          /* XXX this probably isn't very portable */
          ...
          You mean this?
          ps. I don't honestly know why code that code is enabled instead of removed since the authors well know that it's platform-dependent and useless.
          Last edited by nanonyme; 09-20-2009, 11:54 AM.

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          • #25
            I was thinking of the "-info" option :

            Code:
               if (printInfo) {
                  printf("GL_RENDERER   = %s\n", (char *) glGetString(GL_RENDERER));
                  printf("GL_VERSION    = %s\n", (char *) glGetString(GL_VERSION));
                  printf("GL_VENDOR     = %s\n", (char *) glGetString(GL_VENDOR));
                  printf("GL_EXTENSIONS = %s\n", (char *) glGetString(GL_EXTENSIONS));
               }

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            • #26
              Ah, right. Well, that looks almost fine to me except I'm not sure it'd make sense to output extensions by default, that takes quite a lot of space.
              Just out of interest decided to try what would happen if you removed the benchmark trigger. Apparently whole glxgears breaks down...
              Apparently the thing that should be used in any case for this kind of stuff is gears, not glxgears. glxgears contains unportable code (and this might not be possible to fix) for calculating fps whereas gears uses glut for gathering necessary information.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                Ah, right. Well, that looks almost fine to me except I'm not sure it'd make sense to output extensions by default, that takes quite a lot of space.
                Just out of interest decided to try what would happen if you removed the benchmark trigger. Apparently whole glxgears breaks down...
                Apparently the thing that should be used in any case for this kind of stuff is gears, not glxgears. glxgears contains unportable code (and this might not be possible to fix) for calculating fps whereas gears uses glut for gathering necessary information.
                Lets jsut start to request distributions to ship gears and instead use tunnel or engine They at least take a bit more rendering power from older hardware. They are useless for benchmarking still but a bit better.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by amphigory View Post
                  kernelOfTruth, you are one lucky guy to be in Vienna. I'd give my eye teeth to live there... even though I cannot abide Sachertorte.

                  Off-Topic:

                  it's probably only half as great when you're living here - not being here as a tourist - but I'm still loving it

                  there's really a lot to discover in this city

                  I think we'd find something other you'd like than the Sachertorte



                  from what I've seen so far Seattle is also a pretty nice city



                  On-Topic:

                  last time I tried KMS it was significantly slower than non-KMS and still pretty unstable

                  reading latest topics it seems to have stabilized significantly,

                  now I'll have to wait until 2.6.32 gets ready (rc6+) and fglrx support for 2.6.32 so that I can switch between those two in-case it doesn't work too stable/fast yet

                  great work guys !

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