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Intel SNA Performance Continues To Be Compelling

Due to the extreme pace at which Chris Wilson has been releasing SNA architecture updates for Intel's open-source X.Org driver, here are another set of benchmarks of Intel Sandy Bridge HD 3000 graphics when comparing UXA and SNA using yesterday's Git code following the xf86-video-intel 2.20.2 driver release.
28 July 2012 - 16 Comments

R300 Gallium3D Driver In Mixed State For Mesa 8.1

After delivering Mesa 8.0 vs. 8.1-devel benchmarks for the R600 Gallium3D driver that supports ATI/AMD Radeon hardware from the HD 2000 through HD 6000 series (along with similar Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks), here is a look at the upcoming Mesa release when using the R300 Gallium3D driver with ATI Radeon X1000 series graphics cards.
27 July 2012 - 2 Comments

Intel SNA vs. UXA On Ivy Bridge (July 2012)

Here are some recent benchmarks comparing Intel's SNA and UXA 2D acceleration architectures offered by their open-source Intel Linux graphics driver.
25 July 2012 - 21 Comments

Mesa 8.1 Will Offer Some Speed Improvements For Nouveau

After last week sharing results for AMD Radeon R600g Gallium3D on Mesa 8.0 and 8.1-devel, here are benchmarks for several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards comparing the OpenGL Gallium3D performance with Nouveau on Mesa 8.0 stable and Mesa 8.1-devel.
25 July 2012 - 9 Comments

AMD Radeon R600g Gallium3D: Mesa 8.0.4 vs. 8.1 Git

With Mesa 8.1 set to be released next month, here are some benchmarks comparing the Git performance of Mesa 8.0.4 to Mesa 8.1-devel for several generations of Radeon graphics cards. In this article the R600g Gallium3D driver is being put under the microscope while other articles in the coming days will look at the Intel i965 DRI driver, ATI R300g Gallium3D for the older Radeon GPUs, and the Nouveau Gallium3D driver.
18 July 2012 - 10 Comments

The Evolution Of NVIDIA's Kepler Driver Performance

After publishing last week a look at AMD's Catalyst Evolution For The Radeon HD 7000 Series, here's a similar set of benchmarks to see how the NVIDIA graphics driver performance has changed for the GeForce GTX 680 "Kepler" graphics card since its inception.
17 July 2012 - 3 Comments

AMD's Catalyst Evolution For The Radeon HD 7000 Series

It used to be -- at least when using the Windows Catalyst drivers -- that within the first few months of AMD releasing new Radeon graphics hardware that Catalyst driver optimizations would deliver measurable improvements in this short span. For the Radeon HD 7000 series, which is built upon an entirely new GCN architecture, is this still the case? Here are benchmarks of all the AMD Catalyst Linux drivers that have been released this year and then benchmarked on an AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card.
9 July 2012 - 31 Comments

The Latest Performance Of Intel Gallium3D

Following the work by Google at the end of June to implement sRGB textures in the Intel i915 Gallium3D driver, new Phoronix benchmarks were conducted to see how the Intel Gallium3D driver now compares performance-wise to the classic i915 driver when using an Intel Atom i945 netbook.
6 July 2012 - 9 Comments

A New Patch To Improve Radeon Gallium3D Performance

A new patch has surfaced on the Mesa development list that allows for further performance improvements to the R600 Radeon Gallium3D driver for some OpenGL workloads.
29 June 2012 - 5 Comments

Intel SNA & Glamor Acceleration On Ivy Bridge

Back in May I carried out some performance tests on Intel's Sandy Bridge comparing UXA, SNA, and GLAMOR for 2D acceleration. In this article is a similar set of tests but for Intel's latest-generation Ivy Bridge HD 4000 graphics.
25 June 2012 - 12 Comments

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