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NVIDIA Is Still Killing AMD Over Linux OpenGL Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 20 January 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
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FurMark was the Radeon R9 290's one and only win in this round of Ubuntu Linux benchmarking.

There's clearly some odd AMD Catalyst Linux performance issues at hand that have unfortunately continued into 2014 -- months after I first was finding the Radeon R9 290 on Linux to be in poor shape against the NVIDIA competition with their well-maintained Linux binary driver. Hopefully though with a greater number of games coming to Linux, the continued pressure from Valve and others, and interest from AMD in winning deals for Radeon-based Steam Machines, that we'll see a much better Catalyst Linux graphics driver in the months ahead.

Coming out soon will be new open-source vs. closed-source Radeon graphics driver tests to see how the open-source Gallium3D driver is performing; as a preview, this weekend I did share Kaveri Gallium3D vs. Catalyst numbers and also tests showing the Linux 3.13 kernel is important for RadeonSI users.

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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