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 Fresh Look At The AMD Radeon Gallium3D Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 10 June 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 4 - 56 Comments

As noted earlier in the week, the open-source AMD Radeon "R600g" driver that supports 3D acceleration on Radeon HD 2000 series graphics cards through the latest Radeon HD 6000 and Fusion graphics processors, is becoming quite fit. The driver is nearing a point of stability, is mature enough for most desktop users, and it is beginning to receive some performance optimizations and other improvements. Thanks to this recent work, plus the ongoing development of the Linux 3.0 kernel, here is a fresh set of AMD Gallium3D Linux driver benchmarks.

This article provides results for an AMD Radeon HD 4870 (RV770) graphics card using the stock Catalyst 11.4 driver on Ubuntu 11.04, the stock Ubuntu 11.04 open-source driver with Mesa 7.10.2 and Linux 2.6.38 kernel, and then using the very latest driver stack as of 10 June 2011. This very latest driver stack includes the Linux 3.0-rc2+ kernel, Mesa 7.11-devel (ECA3E91), xf86-video-ati 6.14.99, and the latest libdrm. These three configurations were all tested with their stock settings.

As we have not tested the non-default Radeon code-paths in a while, we also ran this latest driver stack (Linux 3.0 + Mesa 7.11-devel) when disabling Swapbufferswait and enabling color-tiling for this RV770 graphics processor. These two options are designed to deliver the best performance for the hardware on the open-source Radeon Linux driver. See these original benchmarks from January.

The Radeon HD 4870 graphics card was running on an AMD Opteron 2384 setup with a Tyan S2927 motherboard, 4GB of system memory, and 64GB OCZ Agility EX solid-state drive. Ubuntu 11.04 (x86_64) was the base operating system with the Unity desktop, X.Org Server 1.10.1, GCC 4.5.2, and an EXT4 file-system.

Benchmarking was done using the Phoronix Test Suite and several of the popular OpenGL tests that are capable of running on Mesa / Gallium3D.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  2. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
Latest Linux Articles
  1. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  2. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  3. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
  4. The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming
Latest Linux News
  1. Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
  2. Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes
  3. Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR
  4. Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support
  5. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
  6. Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule
  7. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  8. Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager
  9. Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
  10. MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  3. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  6. SSD seems slow
  7. Is laptop with Intel CPU and AMD dGPU worth buying considering especially AMD Enduro?
  8. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04