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Nouveau Re-Clocking, NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers

Michael Larabel

Published on 8 October 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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The World of Padman result is similar to that of the other ioquake3-based Linux games on Nouveau.

With the Warsow game, the frame-rate of Nouveau even ended up exceeding that of the proprietary NVIDIA driver. To the human eye, the rendering quality was similar between the two Linux GPU drivers.

The DarkPlaces-powered Xonotic performance was also decent when factoring in the clock differences between the drivers. It will be interesting to see how the Nouveau Gallium3D performance compares to the NVIDIA binary driver when the re-clocking situation is all sorted out. There's also other discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics card tests under Linux on the two drivers that are forthcoming on Phoronix.

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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