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    Default Catalyst 14.4 Has Advantages Over Linux 3.15 + Mesa 10.3 Git

    Phoronix: Catalyst 14.4 Has Advantages Over Linux 3.15 + Mesa 10.3 Git

    After earlier this week doing an Intel vs. Radeon vs. Nouveau comparison using the very latest open-source Linux graphics driver code in the form of Mesa 10.3-devel and the Linux 3.15 kernel, here's benchmark results comparing the updated open-source AMD Radeon performance on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS against the Catalyst 14.4 Linux graphics driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=20394

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    For gaming catalyst is still needed it seems... but the margin is slowly getting smaller between the two drivers. For non gaming use though, the Catalyst just seems laggy on the desktop to me. I'm basically sticking with the 6870 in one of my PCs strictly for the open source driver performance, for some reason it's the best overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfocomp View Post
    For gaming catalyst is still needed it seems...
    Possible if you have 2560x1440 display, but for mine 1920x1200 there is only few Linux games actually need more GPU performance than mine 6950 with Radeon and one of them don't even support open source drivers at all.

    And if you don't need highest graphics settings and fine about console resolution then most of games works great on low/medium even with Intel HD4600. I personally tested Star Conflict, Wasteland 2 and Valve games. Might be when some new titles release on Linux there will be reason to get faster drivers GPU, but for now it's just useless.
    Last edited by _SXX_; 05-16-2014 at 12:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _SXX_ View Post
    . Might be when some new titles release on Linux there will be reason to get faster drivers GPU, but for now it's just useless.
    Some games already stress the heck out of cards on Linux such as Metro.

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    Michael, why no GPU usage?

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    Was this with pte and and hyperz?

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    yes owner drivers will be always superior than open drivers because developers are unable to make open better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Some games already stress the heck out of cards on Linux such as Metro.
    It's true, but if you set console level of quality (720p+low) it's will work just fine even on Intel HD4600. A lot of PS3/Xbox360 players played game this way and it's designed to be playable in this resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _SXX_ View Post
    It's true, but if you set console level of quality (720p+low) it's will work just fine even on Intel HD4600. A lot of PS3/Xbox360 players played game this way and it's designed to be playable in this resolution.
    Not really, talking from first hand experience. Even at 720p and details cranked down it gets pretty choppy on a HD4600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfocomp View Post
    For gaming catalyst is still needed it seems... but the margin is slowly getting smaller between the two drivers.
    It fully depends of the game: I play Kerbal Space Program and the open source driver is simply great.

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