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ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows

Michael Larabel

Published on 28 May 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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With both the Radeon X1800XL and X1950PRO the Linux binary driver had caused the frame-rate performance to be sliced in half when compared to the Windows Catalyst driver. The only benchmark that didn't see about a 50% drop in performance was Enemy Territory, which is CPU bound being based upon the Quake 3 engine. While the fglrx driver has its share of performance problems right now its image quality between Microsoft Windows and Ubuntu Linux are comparable and the Linux driver contains a number of similar features to the Windows Catalyst suite. Once AMD introduces their new OpenGL driver later in the year the performance problems will hopefully be a thing of the past.

You can read other Linux graphics articles here at Phoronix and discuss this comparison in the Phoronix Forums. Additional ATI/AMD Linux graphics articles will be published later in the week. We wish all of our American readers an excellent Memorial Day.

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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