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Linux Image Quality Comparison

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 January 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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The second series of Quake 4 samples also come from the Purification Center level. This scene, however, is much brighter than its predecessor.

Like the previous scene there remained minimal differences between the NVIDIA and ATI image quality. So is there anything that can be gathered as a whole from these tests? Granted image quality comparisons can be subjective, but in the video playback tests we felt that NVIDIA more often than not had the advantage with more realistic colors and greater details. However, in the low-light environments the ATI fglrx drivers had provided greater detail and brightness. In the Quake 4 tests, the NVIDIA and ATI visuals were nearly identical to the human eye. Once ATI introduces the R600 series shortly we will follow up with a greater number of image quality tests to compare ATI's and NVIDIA's finest under Linux.

You may share your thoughts on which graphics manufacturer has better image quality under Linux on the Phoronix Forums.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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