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

Intel vs. Radeon vs. Nouveau On Linux 3.15 + Mesa 10.3-devel

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 May 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 5 - 9 Comments

The latest Linux graphics we have to benchmark at Phoronix are from a spectrum of Intel HD Graphics, AMD Radeon, and NVIDIA GeForce graphics when testing the latest open-source GPU drivers found with the in-development Linux 3.15 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel.

The graphics processors being tested for this up-to-date look at the three major open-source Linux graphics drivers include:

- AMD Radeon HD 5770
- AMD Radeon HD 5830
- AMD Radeon HD 6870
- AMD Radeon HD 6950
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
- Intel HD Graphics 4600

The hardware for today's comparison was limited by running into an above-average number of regressions within the Radeon and Nouveau drivers at this stage in the Linux kernel development cycle. For the AMD hardware the newer "GCN" hardware was problematic and ultimately none of those graphics cards successfully finished our array of OpenGL benchmarks. The current AMD problems are outlined within Newer AMD Radeon GPUs Have Had A Tough Time With Linux 3.15. Open-source AMD developers are currently work to address these issues but at the time of testing they hadn't yet successfully mainlined any of the necessary fixes.

On the NVIDIA side with the community-maintained, reverse-engineered Nouveau graphics driver, it was another round of Russian Roulette. Re-clocking is still not found out-of-the-box with the Nouveau DRM driver with the Linux 3.15 kernel, which means most graphics cards are running at their (slower) boot clock frequencies and thus severely hampers the graphics card performance. Aside from the lack of re-clocking, PGRAPH issues generated from the Nouveau DRM driver with various NVIDIA GPUs and overall stability problems limited the GeForce graphics cards that could be tested.

Once these issues are worked out, additional Linux graphics card tests will come forward on Phoronix, as usual. With these open-source results complete, I'm also in the process of complementing them with benchmarks from the proprietary AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers. After those articles, I'll be going a step further and compare them against the latest Microsoft Windows 8.1 drivers. If you appreciate all of this testing done exclusively on Phoronix.com that's all done nearly single handedly, please subscribe to Phoronix Premium.

On the following pages are these open-source graphics results from the Linux 3.15 kernel from a few days ago while running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x86_64 and using the Oibaf PPA for Mesa 10.3-devel git-155f98d, xf86-video-ati 7.3.99, xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.10, and xf86-video-intel 2.99.911. All benchmarking was fully automated using the Phoronix Test Suite.

<< 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 Linux 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
  2. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  3. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  4. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
Latest Linux News
  1. Nouveau Now Supports DRI3 Without GLAMOR
  2. Features Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
  3. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  4. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  5. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  6. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  7. Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs
  8. Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel
  9. GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars
  10. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  3. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  4. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  5. xbox one tv tuner
  6. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  7. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  8. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux