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 Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

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.

Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  2. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  3. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  4. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  5. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  6. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
Latest Linux News
  1. Phoronix Server Migration
  2. GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months
  3. AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot
  4. The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL
  5. OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt
  6. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  7. There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux
  8. Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up
  9. Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD
  10. Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
  2. Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
  3. My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100
  4. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  5. AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst
  6. Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued
  7. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend
  8. GIMP's Porting To GTK3 Continues