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ATI R500 Linux Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 September 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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Well, what can we say? The ATI R500 performance has certainly improved. In all of the benchmarks with all of the graphics cards, the 8.41 driver was considerably faster. On average, this new driver allowed these ATI graphics cards to operate between 50% and 90% faster. These driver improvements surely fill the gap between NVIDIA and ATI on Linux and you can find much more about this in our future Phoronix articles. This new Linux driver allows the Radeon X1300PRO to function quite well as a low-end graphics card, and the Radeon X1800XT is now able to shine over the X1800XL, which before these two graphics cards had performed nearly the same as with the Radeon X1950PRO. While the bugs we ran into with the R500 series and the 8.41 driver were minimal, the fglrx 8.42 release will contain additional enhancements for this generation of GPUs.

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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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