1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Few Linux Performance Improvements

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 April 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 5 - 15 Comments

On Monday AMD made publicly available the release candidate to the Catalyst 14.4 Linux driver that brings full OpenGL 4.4 support. Some Phoronix readers have reported performance changes with this new driver update, so I have done some comparison tests on several AMD Radeon graphics drivers to see how the performance compares with Catalyst 14.4 on Ubuntu Linux.

For this testing I tested the Catalyst 14.4 RC from Monday (fglrx 14.10.2 / OpenGL 4.3.12874) and compared it to the Catalyst driver packaged within the Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" archive, given that most Ubuntu Linux AMD customers will likely be using that Ubuntu-packaged driver. The packaged driver in Ubuntu 14.04 was fglrx 13.35.5 / OpenGL 4.3.12798 (Catalyst 14.3).

I used four AMD Radeon graphics cards for testing these two Linux proprietary driver releases and they were the Radeon HD 6950, Radeon HD 7950, Radeon R9 270X, and Radeon R9 290 graphics cards. A variety of OpenGL benchmarks and Linux games were used to test these two driver releases, including several Valve Source Engine games.

All of the benchmarking was handled in a fully standardized and repeatable manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software, where all tests are also run a minimum of three times for accuracy, etc.

Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Ubuntu 15.04 Is The Easy Path To Better Performance On Intel Broadwell
  2. NVIDIA's Latest Maxwell Line-Up Against AMD With Catalyst On Linux
  3. Preliminary Tests Of Intel Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge vs. Broadwell
  4. AMD FX-8320E Performance On Linux
  5. Linux Compiler Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1
  6. Intel Broadwell HD Graphics 5500: Windows 8.1 vs. Linux
Latest Linux News
  1. Inkscape 0.91 Goes Through C++ Code Conversion, New Cairo Rendering, OpenMP Filters
  2. New Mesa Patch To Improve CPU-Bound Applications
  3. LLVM Adds Options To Do Fuzz Testing
  4. Coreboot Now Supports Another Dual-Socket AMD Motherboard
  5. Atomic Mode-Setting/Display Support Progresses In Linux 3.20
  6. NVIDIA 340.76 Brings Three Stable Fixes
  7. Intel Broadwell-U P-State vs. ACPI CPUFreq Scaling Linux Performance
  8. DragonFlyBSD Is Almost To Linux 3.10 Era Intel Graphics Support
  9. New Beta Of Witcher 2 Aims For Greater Performance
  10. NVIDIA Tegra DRM Driver Supports Atomic Mode-Setting In Linux 3.20
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features
  2. My Initial Intel Broadwell Linux Experience With The ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  3. Broadwell Linux Ultrabook Running MUCH Cooler Than Haswell
  4. LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released
  5. Linux Users Upset By Chromium's Busted HiDPI Support
  6. Interstellar Marines On Linux With Catalyst: Bull S*#@
  7. Faster VP9 Decoding Is On The Horizon
  8. Radeon DRM Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel