Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Performance Redux

Earlier this week I published some Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Since then I received some feedback from Valve with regards to Dota 2 on the Source 2 Engine testing along with a better demo to use for benchmarking and also using the latest Dota 2 Vulkan DLC updates. So here is a fresh look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for this popular Valve game on an assortment of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards.

4 Hours Ago - Linux Gaming - 13 Comments

25 May

24 May

Intel Might Actually Be Done With OpenGL 4.4 In Mesa

It was just last week that Intel crossed OpenGL 4.2 in Mesa and earlier today the needed Intel OpenGL 4.3 patches landed while tonight there are patches pending for the OpenGL 4.4 changes for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver.

24 May 11:25 PM EDT - Intel - OpenGL 4.4 Mesa - 29 Comments
NVIDIA vs. AMD OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmarks With Valve's Dota 2

Yesterday marked the public availability of Dota 2 with a Vulkan renderer after Valve had been showing it off for months. This is the second commercial Linux game (after The Talos Principle) to sport a Vulkan renderer and thus we were quite excited to see how this Dota 2 Vulkan DLC is performing for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Here are our initial Dota 2 benchmarks with Vulkan as well as OpenGL for reference when using the latest Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu.

24 May 03:58 PM EDT - Linux Gaming - 60 Comments
New NVIDIA 361 Linux Driver Released

While the NVIDIA 367 Linux driver series is where the very latest proprietary driver features from the green team can be found, if you have been sticking to the NVIDIA 361 driver series since it's the current long-lived branch, a new release is now available.

24 May 02:36 PM EDT - NVIDIA - NVIDIA 361.45.11 - 1 Comment
AMDGPU-PRO Beta 2 vs. Mesa 11.3 + Linux 4.6: Very Competitive For Linux Gamers

Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack.

24 May 12:20 PM EDT - Display Drivers - 34 Comments
Intel's P-State Driver Does Seem To Be In Bad Shape On Linux 4.6~4.7

A few days ago when delivering benchmarks of the new CPUFreq "Schedutil" governor in Linux 4.7 the P-State comparison results on this Git kernel looked particularly terrible. I've since done some P-State tests on the same system using the Linux 4.5 and 4.6 kernels that further point towards a regression having taken place.

24 May 11:35 AM EDT - Intel - P-State Woes - 11 Comments

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