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

A Big Comparison Of The AMD Catalyst, Mesa & Gallium3D Drivers

Michael Larabel

Published on 5 January 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 3 of 9 - 201 Comments

Switching over to the Qfusion-powered Warsow game, the open-source ATI driver differences between the classic Mesa and Gallium3D drivers were negligible. The Radeon HD 2900XT graphics card could not even handle running this open-source game with either driver at a frame-rate above 30 FPS while the Catalyst driver pushed the frame-rate for this R600 graphics card to nearly 200 FPS.

The Catalyst driver performance actually improved when running Warsow at 1920 x 1080 versus 1024 x 768 and the open-source driver performance stayed about the same, but still the classic Mesa and Gallium3D performance was disappointing with these ATI Radeon graphics cards. One item worth noting for Warsow is that the Radeon X1950PRO performance was far better than any of the Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 graphics cards. The Radeon X1950PRO uses the "R300c" and "R300g" open-source drivers where as the rest use the "R600c" and "R600g" respectively. These results show that for Warsow at least the R300 era drivers are in much better shape with its frame-rates being nearly twice as high while using older ATI hardware.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Scythe Mugen MAX
  2. Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux
  3. Intel 80GB 530 Series M.2 SSD On Linux
  4. With A New Motherboard, The Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Lights Up
Latest Linux Articles
  1. A Tour Of The New Phoronix Office
  2. 7-Way Linux Desktop Gaming Comparison On Ubuntu 14.10
  3. Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Benchmarks On The i7-5960X
  4. RadeonSI GLAMOR Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16
Latest Linux News
  1. X.Org Server 1.16.1 Released
  2. Mesa Gets Closer To Having OpenGL 4.0 Tessellation Support
  3. Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd
  4. F2FS Tools Gain FSCK Support
  5. FreeBSD 10.1 Has The New VT Driver, Hardware Improvements
  6. AntiMicro 2.6 Yields Greater Compatibility For Gamepads On Linux
  7. OpenGL 3.3 / GLSL 3.30 Lands For Intel Sandy Bridge On Mesa
  8. AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver Sees Some Improvements
  9. Mesa 10.3 Released With The Latest Open-Source GPU Driver Improvements
  10. GNOME 3.13.92 Officially Released
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  2. Wasteland 2 Officially Launched Today, Including For Linux Gamers
  3. Can Linux kill a motherboard?
  4. X.Org Women Outreach Program Only Turns Up Two Applicants So Far
  5. New stress testing utility for GPU's
  6. Stop grabbing my keyboard :(
  7. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  8. SSD seems slow