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ATI's Gallium3D Driver Is Still Playing Catch-Up

Michael Larabel

Published on 10 April 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
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The Mobility Radeon X1400 with World of Padman on the classic Mesa driver was able to beat out the old fglrx 8.25 driver but not the newer fglrx 8.47 release. The Gallium3D driver still was not able to beat out the newer Catalyst driver, but it did up the frame-rates marginally compared to the classic driver.

With Urban Terror there wasn't much difference between the classic Mesa and Gallium3D drivers for the Mobility Radeon X1400 atop Mesa 7.9-devel. The old Catalyst drivers were still significantly faster.

The results from Warsow were exciting to look at where the ATI Gallium3D driver was able to outperform a two-year-old ATI Catalyst driver, but unfortunately, these improvements were not to be found across the board. Additionally, the ATI Catalyst drivers will still run a much greater selection of games and applications than the Mesa OpenGL stack is even able to support at this time compared to this ioquake3 selection of games. At least things are improving and hopefully in the coming months we will have better news to report. We also hope to report on the R300g driver becoming the default R300/400/500 class Mesa driver in a forthcoming release.

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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