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NVIDIA ION: Nouveau Competes With The NVIDIA R310 Driver

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 January 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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With World of Padman, the Nouveau driver on Ubuntu 12.10 was capable of a 33 FPS average while the nvidia-experimental-310 package was at a 38 FPS average.

When running the Xonotic game at low and high quality settings, NVIDIA's binary blob carried a measurable advantage each time.

Nouveau doesn't get beaten too bad compared to NVIDIA's binary blob on the NVIDIA ION platform with GeForce 9400 graphics largely since both drivers were able to control the GPU at the same clock speed (as for most NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, Nouveau's re-clocking support is broken/incomplete). In some OpenGL games, the performance between the two drivers was comparable, but this is a low-end graphics processor that isn't too capable for running modern games and OpenGL workloads from the Linux desktop.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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