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May 2011: Gallium3D vs. Classic Mesa vs. Catalyst

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 May 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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Urban Terror also runs fine with the open-source drivers. The Gallium3D drivers here are dramatically faster -- almost twice as fast for R600g -- than classic Mesa. The Gallium3D drivers reach around 60% the speed of the Catalyst blob in this ioquake3-based environment.

The results are not very different at 1920 x 1080. Of course, if Swapbufferwait and other non-standard tweaks were made, additional performance could be tuned out of the open-source driver stack, but still it would be no match to Catalyst.

The ATI Gallium3D drivers are certainly making progress in improving the performance and are definitively better than the classic Mesa drivers, but they still have a ways to go to performing closer to the official Catalyst Linux driver not only in terms of performance but also features and OpenGL support level.

These test results are also available on OpenBenchmarking.org for comparisons, etc.

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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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