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Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs

Earlier this week I published some benchmark results showing Mesa 10.5-devel delivering Intel performance changes compared to Mesa 10.3 as found in Ubuntu 14.10. The next logical step to this testing is looking at the AMD Radeon graphics results for the R600g and RadeonSI drivers using multiple graphics cards while seeing what the open-source Radeon Linux driver has to offer if upgrading past what's shipped in Ubuntu 14.10 and other recent Linux distribution releases.
26 November 2014 - 28 Comments

Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3

With Mesa 10.4 having recently been branched and Mesa 10.5-devel now the version for Mesa Git master, here's some benchmarks comparing the performance of the latest Git code compared to Mesa 10.3.0 as shipped in Ubuntu 14.10.
24 November 2014 - 10 Comments

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel

As a continuation of the Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming? article from earlier this week, here's the results of the latest NVIDIA Linux proprietary graphics driver compared to the Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel graphics driver stack when running two of Valve's most popular Steam on Linux gamers.
21 November 2014 - 18 Comments

Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming?

Following the recent articles about the open-source AMD Linux OpenGL performance for gaming (16-way Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver GPU Comparison and AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux), here's a look at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 performance when testing the games on the latest open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) Linux graphics driver code.
19 November 2014 - 35 Comments

AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux

Last week I shared some preview benchmarks from Steam on Linux showing Radeon Gallium3D starting to beat Catalyst. In this article are the full results from comparing the open and closed-source AMD Linux graphics cards with sixteen Radeon graphics cards while testing Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux. The results yield a very close race!
17 November 2014 - 37 Comments

AMD Radeon Graphics Performance On The Linux 3.18 Kernel

If you're curious whether the Linux 3.18 kernel will bring any performance improvements for users of the open-source AMD Radeon graphics driver, here's some benchmarks compared to Linux 3.17.
10 November 2014 - 28 Comments

AMD's Windows Catalyst Driver Remains Largely Faster Than Linux Drivers

With last week having delivered our latest Linux vs. Windows NVIDIA benchmarks where we found that the NVIDIA Linux driver can outperform the Windows 8.1 driver with OpenGL workloads, the tables have turned to looking at the AMD Windows vs. Linux performance using the latest code. In this Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Windows 8.1 comparison, the open-source Radeon driver on Linux is also being tested against the Catalyst drivers.
4 November 2014 - 14 Comments

6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Driver Comparison

As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10.
29 October 2014 - 17 Comments

AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.10: RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst

Our latest performance benchmarks of last week's release of Ubuntu 14.10 is looking at the performance of an AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card using the latest open-source (RadeonSI Gallium3D) graphics driver code compared to the Catalyst driver that's packaged for Ubuntu 14.10. The latest open-source tests do include the in-development Linux 3.18 kernel and Mesa 10.4-devel.
28 October 2014 - 49 Comments

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10

Over the weekend I began posting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. 14.10 benchmarks of the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers to show how their software stack has advanced. With our NVIDIA graphics testing it's slightly different since the performance state of Nouveau hasn't changed a lot in the past six months since the re-clocking support overall is still in quite inadequate shape for end-users. However, for some new open-source NVIDIA Linux benchmarks to share today is a look at the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver performance out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 14.10, then with the Oibaf PPA enabled plus the Linux 3.17 stable kernel, and lastly when using Ubuntu 14.10's supplied NVIDIA proprietary driver.
27 October 2014 - 10 Comments

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