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    Phoronix: Radeon DRM GPU Driver Performance: Linux 3.4 To 3.8

    Last week benchmarks were delivered on Phoronix that showed the Intel DRM GPU driver performance between the Linux 3.2 and 3.8 kernels. In this article are similar benchmarks of the Radeon DRM driver in recent kernel releases using AMD graphics hardware but going back only to the Linux 3.4 kernel due to show-stopping issues.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18437

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Radeon DRM GPU Driver Performance: Linux 3.4 To 3.8

    Last week benchmarks were delivered on Phoronix that showed the Intel DRM GPU driver performance between the Linux 3.2 and 3.8 kernels. In this article are similar benchmarks of the Radeon DRM driver in recent kernel releases using AMD graphics hardware but going back only to the Linux 3.4 kernel due to show-stopping issues.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18437
    FYI 3.8 also give you hyperz ...

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    • #3
      How much can we trust this benchmark if recent comparisons are showing very clearly that Unity can have unpredictable influences on 3D performance?

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      • #4
        Nah, i was hope to see supertuxkart 0.8 test on radeon, but nope. Is this true or not .

        http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...PTS-SUPERTUX37

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        • #5
          So, has there been any word to explain the problems with both Prey and Nexuiz here (assuming it is not something like AA being triggered)? Everything else is indeed looking good.

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          • #6
            On a HD4650.
            This is an oooold and slooow card.
            Kind of useless benchmark again...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fhuberts View Post
              On a HD4650.
              This is an oooold and slooow card.
              Kind of useless benchmark again...
              Not for us old and slow card owners

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fhuberts View Post
                On a HD4650.
                This is an oooold and slooow card.
                Kind of useless benchmark again...
                I think an HD7970 GHz edition should be tested. :P

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                • #9
                  Lay of Micheal for once there people - the 4650 is probably a very common card to be used by people using the R600g drivers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                    How much can we trust this benchmark if recent comparisons are showing very clearly that Unity can have unpredictable influences on 3D performance?
                    To the fullest extend, since Unity was used like it's used to all the way through the entire benchmark? (duh...)

                    Originally posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
                    So, has there been any word to explain the problems with both Prey and Nexuiz here (assuming it is not something like AA being triggered)? Everything else is indeed looking good.
                    Prey and Nexuiz performance can be explained by actually studying the articale.

                    - kernel v3.4 makes radeon advertise mesa version 2.1
                    - kernel v3.5 and higher makes radeon advertise mesa version 3.0

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
                      To the fullest extend, since Unity was used like it's used to all the way through the entire benchmark? (duh...)
                      So you know how exactly the problems with Unity are caused and that the version (and therefore functionality and different state of bugs) of the driver has no influence on the performance regressions of Unity?
                      If so, please share your insight into that with the Unity developers, so that it can be fixed.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                        So you know how exactly the problems with Unity are caused and that the version (and therefore functionality and different state of bugs) of the driver has no influence on the performance regressions of Unity?
                        If so, please share your insight into that with the Unity developers, so that it can be fixed.
                        No I don't. Never shared, never claimed to do so.

                        I'm implying that the use of Unity is not an issue since it's consistently used during all the benchmarks. So the (relative) numbers are accurate. If a benchmark is faster with Unity, it will highly likely also be without it. I'm was stating that argueing about is kind of nonsense. Unity is not the only factor influencing video performance.

                        Furthermore, if it would then that would indicate a buggy driver and that the hypothetical inconsistent results cannot be blamed by wrongdoing of Unity.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
                          If a benchmark is faster with Unity, it will highly likely also be without it.
                          Sorry, I prefer accurate benchmarks, not benchmarks that are likely to be accurate.

                          Unity is not the only factor influencing video performance.
                          The point is not that Unity influences the benchmark. Any WM will have some influnce on a graphics benchmark. The point is that Unity influences the benchmark in an unpredictable way, leading to results that simply may or may not be accurate, making the whole benchmark useless.

                          Furthermore, if it would then that would indicate a buggy driver and that the hypothetical inconsistent results cannot be blamed by wrongdoing of Unity.
                          You are aware of the fact that things change in drivers beyond just bug fixing? Things that may have an impact on Unity's performance regressions?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                            Sorry, I prefer accurate benchmarks, not benchmarks that are likely to be accurate.
                            Then you are at the wrong place. Phoronix tests distributions as is. Not some highly tweaked performant exotic configuration. That much less practical use for viewing performance. These include 'wildcards' as Unity. That perfectly fine decision.

                            Yes, we could just test the game in an empty X server with all other TTY's disabled. But who plays games like that?

                            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                            The point is not that Unity influences the benchmark. Any WM will have some influnce on a graphics benchmark. The point is that Unity influences the benchmark in an unpredictable way, leading to results that simply may or may not be accurate, making the whole benchmark useless.
                            Not really, it indicates game performance when using Unity. For that point it is valid. If you want benchmarks without Unity, why not benchmark yourself? Btw, we all know that Unity and some other compositing window managers are negatively affecting game performance. Which is kind of a shame since on the other side people are doing their utmost best to fix driver issue's only to be negated by compositing window managers.

                            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                            You are aware of the fact that things change in drivers beyond just bug fixing? Things that may have an impact on Unity's performance regressions?
                            You might want to (re?)read post #10 of this very same thread.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
                              Then you are at the wrong place. Phoronix tests distributions as is. Not some highly tweaked performant exotic configuration.
                              Unity is pretty exotic to me. It's not a WM tuned for high performance graphics and gaming. It's a good WM for everything else though.

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