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

Radeon HD 5000 Series Gallium3D Performance vs. Catalyst

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 August 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 6 - 13 Comments

Earlier this week I delivered results showing the AMD Radeon HD 6000 open-source driver becoming more competitive against the proprietary AMD Catalyst driver. The Gallium3D driver is still far from reigning supreme in most aspects that concern desktop Linux users, but much progress has been made in recent months. For those HD 5000 series graphics card owners, here are similar open-source driver vs. AMD Catalyst OpenGL Linux performance tests.

The results in this article show roughly the same commendable performance of the Radeon HD 5000 series as the newer Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards as compared to the Catalyst driver. The latest open-source driver with using Mesa 9.3-devel Git master and the Linux 3.11 kernel with Radeon Dynamic Power Management enabled generally yields 50% or more the performance of AMD's binary blob. For some workloads, the open-source OpenGL performance can even be around 70~80% that of Catalyst.

In this article, results from the Radeon HD 5770 and Radeon HD 5830 on both graphics cards are being compared between the open and closed-source drivers. Unfortunately, this comparison isn't as extensive as the Radeon HD 6000 series comparison due to not having as many HD 5000 series GPUs on hand for testing. Additionally, when trying to test one of the GPUs (a Radeon HD 5750), the system would lockup under any 3D workloads with the open-source driver stack.

All of this Linux OpenGL benchmarking was facilitated in a fully automated and repeatable manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite platform. As with the other tests, the latest kernel and Mesa Git were used while the Radeon DRM driver had DPM enabled. Swap buffers was disabled as always. The rest of the platform was left stock, including not forcing the R600 SB back-end, but separate Phoronix articles will deliver the shader optimization back-end benchmarks especially now that it looks like it could soon be enabled by default.

<< Previous Page
1
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. MSAA RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance Preview
  2. Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Core Scaling Under Linux
  3. AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming
  4. 9-Way File-System Comparison With A SSD On The Linux 3.17 Kernel
Latest Linux News
  1. Nouveau For Linux 3.18 Gains DP Audio, More Re-Clocking
  2. SUSE Gets Bought Out Again
  3. Enlightenment E19 Officially Released With Its Own Wayland Compositor
  4. OpenMediaVault 1.0 Released As New Linux NAS Alternative
  5. VESA Releases DisplayPort 1.3, Pushes 32.4 Gbits/sec
  6. Opera 25 Beta Has Bookmarks & Linux Support
  7. LLVM Clang Now Builds Even More Debian Packages
  8. Pyston 0.2 Is A Heck Of A Lot Better At Running Python Programs
  9. Linux 3.17-rc5 Kernel Released
  10. FreeBSD 10.1 In Beta Ahead Of Planned Release Next Month
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. support for first generation UVD blocks (RV6xx, RS780, RS880 and RV790)
  3. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  4. Nvidia joins the ranks of Apple and Microsoft
  5. Hd 6850
  6. nv and xorg.conf under Debian PPC
  7. X.Org Is Looking For Some Female Help
  8. FSF Issues Their Rebuttal To Apple's New iPhone, Watch & Apple Pay