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 14-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers

Michael Larabel

Published on 9 November 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 14 of 24 - 21 Comments

Running Warsow offers the first glimpse at the 13 graphics cards under both drivers. However, the GeForce 6600GT was too unstable for any OpenGL tests, the GeForce 8400GS could not burst two or three FPS (the binary driver on this hardware managed just 13 FPS), the GeForce 8500GT was unstable, there was the aforementioned GeForce GT 240 mode-setting / corruption issues, and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti lock-ups.

For the NVIDIA graphics cards that worked on both Nouveau and the closed-source driver, it was similar to earlier Nouveau tests in that generally it is the low to mid-range graphics cards that do the best relative to the binary blob. With some cards the performance of the community-developed NVIDIA driver is over 50% the speed of the official driver (e.g. the 8600GTS at 37 vs. 47 FPS and the GeForce 9500GT at 32 vs. 40 FPS), but with the higher-end graphics cards the difference was much more noticeable (e.g. 58 FPS vs. 214 FPS for the GeForce 9800GTX).

The Fermi-based GeForce GTX 460 did particularly bad with an average frame-rate in Warsow at 1920 x 1080 of 17 FPS on Nouveau vs. 277 FPS using the official driver. However, as already mentioned in the article, the "out of the box" Nouveau performance on Fermi GPUs is particularly bad due to the lack of re-clocking support at this time. Hopefully it will be fixed in an upcoming release, but that will not be until at least Linux 3.3 in mid-2012.

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux
  2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  3. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  4. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
Latest Linux Articles
  1. RunAbove: A POWER8 Compute Cloud With Offerings Up To 176 Threads
  2. 6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks
  3. Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks
  4. Btrfs RAID HDD Testing On Ubuntu Linux 14.10
Latest Linux News
  1. Fedora 21 Beta & Final Release Slip Further
  2. Mesa 10.3.2 Has A Couple Bug-Fixes
  3. RadeonSI/R600g HyperZ Support Gets Turned Back On
  4. openSUSE Factory & Tumbleweed Are Merging
  5. More Fedora Delays: Fedora 21 Beta Slips
  6. Mono Brings C# To The Unreal Engine 4
  7. Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware
  8. Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support
  9. GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server
  10. Ubuntu 14.10 Officially Released
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. AMD Radeon VDPAU Video Performance With Gallium3D
  2. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  3. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  4. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  5. Linux hacker compares Solaris kernel code:
  6. Advertisements On Phoronix
  7. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  8. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs