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

Open-Source R500 Driver Can Compete With Legacy Catalyst

Michael Larabel

Published on 8 June 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 7 - 71 Comments

The latest open-source Radeon Linux driver code for supporting the Radeon X1000 (R500) series hardware has basically reached a point of competitiveness with the legacy Catalyst Linux driver that once supported this hardware. In some cases the open-source Gallium3D driver is now faster than what Catalyst once ran at while in other select OpenGL workloads there is still a proprietary imbalance.

With the recent coverage of the newer Radeon DRM driver improvements, the HD 2000/3000/4000 support being abandoned from mainline, R600g HiZ, and other changes, it made me curious to run some very old hardware to see how it's running these days.


A Catalyst driver from four years ago...

This testing is quite simple: with a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 that bears a Mobility Radeon X1400 and on the CPU side an Intel Core Duo, compare the performance of the very latest Git code compared to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS stock and then Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS when using its packaged Catalyst/fglrx driver. How does the performance compare?


Pulling out some old hardware and old software...

Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS was using its stock components including the Linux 2.6.24 kernel, GNOME 2.22 desktop, and then the Catalyst driver was fetched from the Hardy archive at version fglrx 8.47.3 / OpenGL 2.1.7412. This fglrx driver is Catalyst 8.3, which is what was available at the time the "Hardy Heron" first shipped and was approximately one year prior to AMD dropping R300 through R500 GPU support. In early 2009 is when AMD removed the support up through the Radeon X1000 series from their Catalyst driver code-base.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks
  2. Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10
  3. Ubuntu 14.10 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
  4. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
Latest Linux News
  1. Cairo-Dock 3.4 Shows A Lot Of Progress, Works Toward EGL/Wayland Support
  2. Mesa 10.4 Tentatively Planned For Early December
  3. SteamOS Update 145 Brings Compositor, Update Fixes
  4. GStreamer 2014 Conference Videos Posted: Wayland, HTML5, 3D
  5. Nouveau Now Supports DRI3 Without GLAMOR
  6. Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
  7. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  8. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  9. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  10. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  3. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  4. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  5. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  6. xbox one tv tuner
  7. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  8. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers