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

NVIDIA's 256.25 Beta Linux Driver Slows Things Down?

Michael Larabel

Published on 26 May 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 4 - 8 Comments

Last week NVIDIA released their first 256.xx proprietary beta Linux display driver that brought many VDPAU improvements, installer improvements, support for new GLX extensions, various bug-fixes, and other enhancements. However, some user reports have shown the 256.xx driver is actually slower than NVIDIA's current pre-200.xx series drivers and so we have carried out a set of tests to see what things are looking like from within our labs. Our preliminary tests do indeed illustrate a drop in performance when upgrading to this new driver.

As this is NVIDIA's first 256.xx driver release and it is in beta form, we tested out this driver on just one NVIDIA system for now and it happened to be a ZaReason notebook we are currently reviewing. This ZaReason notebook has an Intel Core i7 720 quad-core CPU with Hyper Threading, is based around an MSI LTD MS-1656 barebones, has 6GB of system memory, sports a 60GB Intel SSDSA2MH08 for storage, and has a NVIDIA GTS 250M 1GB graphics processor.

On the software side was Ubuntu 10.04 LTS x86_64 with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, GNOME 2.30.0 desktop, X.Org Server 1.7.8, and the EXT4 file-system. We compared the performance of the NVIDIA 256.26 Beta Linux display driver to the stable NVIDIA 195.36.15 driver release that can be found within Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and also other Linux distributions released around that same time.

The Phoronix Test Suite driven tests included Nexuiz, OpenArena, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Unigine Sanctuary, Unigine Tropics, Unigine Heaven, Lightsmark, and VDrift.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  2. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
  4. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
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. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
  2. Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule
  3. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  4. Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager
  5. Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
  6. MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
  7. See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs
  8. AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot
  9. Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux
  10. Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
  2. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04
  3. Is laptop with Intel CPU and AMD dGPU worth buying considering especially AMD Enduro?
  4. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  5. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS
  6. Catalyst 14.201.1008
  7. It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins
  8. Users defect to Linux as OpenBSD removes Lynx from base system