Radeon Gardenshed DRM + Gallium3D Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 27 May 2011. Page 6 of 6. 33 Comments

There's really no change compared to our previous round of open-source Radeon DRM + Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver testing... Most users interested in playing any sort of semi-intense OpenGL game will certainly be best off with the Catalyst driver for the near future.

If taking a geometric mean of all the frame-rates for each of the tests, from the OpenBenchmarking.org result file, it clearly shows the Catalyst driver is still many times faster overall.

If then condensing the results from the four Radeon HD 4000/5000 series graphics cards, the AMD Catalyst 11.4 Linux driver is about 7.76x faster than the latest open-source Radeon Linux driver code as of yesterday.

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