NVIDIA AYiR 2006
With Linux SLI being sub par, for testing this year's NVIDIA drivers we had used the GeForce 7800GTX. The GeForce 7800GTX has been supported under GNU/Linux since its launch in June of 2004. The drivers we had tested for our AYiR 2006 were 1.0-8756, 1.0-8762, 1.0-8774, 1.0-9626, 1.0-9629, and 1.0-9742. Below are the components we had used for testing.
For maintaining compatibility with the older display drivers we had pulled out Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux. For benchmarking we had used Enemy Territory, Doom 3, Quake 4, and GLOBS. Enemy Territory was used due to its legacy status and long time adoption by Phoronix. RTCW: Enemy Territory was tested at varying resolutions. Meanwhile Doom 3 and Quake 4 were both used to represent current popular Linux-native games. Quake 4 is the most demanding Linux-native game to date, and will likely be until the release of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars in the middle of 2007. Doom 3 and Quake 4 were both benchmarked at varying resolutions and image quality levels. GLOBS (GL Open Benchmarking Suite) is a recent newcomer to Phoronix and has proved to be a reasonable open-source OpenGL benchmark for comparing drivers and hardware components. GL Open Benchmarking Suite was benchmarked with a resolution of 1280 x 1024.
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