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The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now

Michael Larabel

Published on 30 August 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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As is quite visible from the results, the performance overall for the past sixteen months has been stagnant. With the Radeon X1300PRO and X1800XL and our select benchmarks, there is no major performance improvement in the fglrx 8.40.4 driver over the original 8.24.4 version. In fact, in some of the benchmarks the 8.40.4 display driver was even slower than v8.24.4. While any performance improvements remain nonexistent, the past sixteen driver releases have added a number of new features and corrected a number of bugs. Fortunately, however, as we have been sharing for the past several months, later this year AMD will be introducing a new Linux display driver. On that day, we will be delivering benchmarks across all supported Radeon product families. Will there be a major shakeup in the performance landscape this fall? Tell us what you think in the 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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