The Open-Source ATI Driver Is Becoming A Lot Faster
With World of Padman, the Linux 2.6.38 kernel with Mesa 7.11-devel on Gallium3D with xf86-video-ati 6.13.99 is now 20% faster than the stock Ubuntu 10.10 or an incredible 69% if disabling the swap buffer wait support. At 800 x 600, this brings the open-source driver up to 87% the performance of the proprietary AMD Linux driver.
At 1400 x 1050 for World of Padman the open-source driver is now 47% faster than where it was at just a few months ago. The speed against the Catalyst driver has also decreased where in this particular test it is at 89% the speed of Catalyst 9.3.
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