ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 28 May 2007. Page 2 of 2. 6 Comments

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.

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