1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

NVIDIA 1.0-8174 Linux Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 December 2005
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 4 - Comment On This Article

Today is the day, after months of bringing fourth speculations, and information regarding the 1.0-8168 BETA leak from ASUS, the NVIDIA 1.0-8174 Linux display driver has finally surfaced to the public. To start with, these new NVIDIA Linux 1.0-8174 drivers feature a great deal of improvements from GeForce 6100/6150 support to the new nvidia-xconfig utility. As expected, these driver features are quite similar to what we had shared with our readers over two months ago in our NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX series preview article but unfortunately there are always a few features that didn't make their way into this release. Of course, the major feature is the ability to now run Scalable Link Interface under Linux. This article will focus primarily on the advantages of the 1.0-8174 drivers over that of the 1.0-7XXX series, and more specifically the 1.0-7676 release, but we do have numerous Linux SLI articles planned in addition to our Linux SLI Primer and Tyan Tomcat K8E-SLI review. For those looking for a more thorough comparison of the 1.0-7XXX candidates they can be seen in our Q4-2005 comparison. Below are the release notes pertaining to the new 1.0-8174 drivers.

Version: 1.0-8174
Release Date: December 05, 2005
Size: 9.1MB (x86_64)
Highlights

· Fixed GeForce 7800 GTX clocking problem that affected 3D performance.
· Added support for NVIDIA SLI. Please see the README for details.
· Added a new utility 'nvidia-xconfig', which is a commandline tool for updating X configuration files.
· Added support for new GeForce 6100, GeForce 6150 and GeForce 7800 GTX 512.
· Added manpages for 'nvidia-xconfig', 'nvidia-settings', and 'nvidia-installer'.
· Made UseEdidFreqs "on" by default; the NVIDIA X driver will use the valid HorizSync and VertRefresh frequency ranges from the EDID whenever possible.
· Added support for Stereo Digital Flat Panels such as the SeeReal and Sharp3D DFPs.
· Added HTML version of the README.
· Added support for static Rotation; see the "Rotate" X config option in the README.
· Improved stability on 64-bit Linux 2.6 kernels.
· Fixed driver installation when SELinux is enabled.

For comparing these latest 1.0-8174 drivers against that of the 1.0-7676 NVIDIA drivers, we used an Pentium D system with 1GB of RAM and a previously reviewed Leadtek PX7800GTX 256MB. However, do not fear, as we will also be bringing fourth 7800GTX 512MB results in an upcoming article. On the software side of things, we used the Linux 2.6.14 kernel, GCC 4.0.0, and Xorg 6.8.2. Below are the complete system specifications.

Hardware Components
Processor: Intel Pentium D 820 @ 3.36GHz
Motherboard: Abit AW8-MAX v1.0
Memory: 2 x 512MB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800
Graphics Card: Leadtek PX7800GTX 256MB
Hard Drives: Seagate 7200.9 SATA2 160GB
Optical Drives: Sony DVD-RW & DVD-ROM
Power Supply: Enermax Whisper II 535W SLI
Software Components
Operating System: FedoraCore4
Linux Kernel: 2.6.14-1.1637_FC4smp
GCC (GNU Compiler): 4.0.0
Graphics Driver: NVIDIA 1.0-7676 & 1.0-8174
Xorg: 6.8.2

For benchmarking the system and 1.0-7676/1.0-8174 drivers, we used three of the few and most popular, Linux-native gaming benchmarks - Doom 3, Enemy Territory, and Quake 4. Throughout these benchmarks, all of our traditional benchmarking methods were applied and with each of these games, we ran them at multiple resolutions, Antialiasing, and Aniostropic Filtering techniques.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  2. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  3. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
  4. Apotop Wi-Copy
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  2. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  3. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
  4. 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
Latest Linux News
  1. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
  2. EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes
  3. Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support
  4. NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged
  5. KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput
  6. Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification
  7. Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility
  8. Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet
  9. Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11
  10. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  3. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  4. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  5. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  6. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees
  7. Open-Source AMD Fusion E-350 Support Takes A Dive
  8. Upgrade to Kaveri, very slow VDPAU performance