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Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17

Besides the recent work to support OpenGL Geometry Shaders for Sandy Bridge in Mesa, users of Intel "Sandy Bridge" HD Graphics can also be thankful for the forthcoming Linux 3.17 kernel. Early testing of Linux 3.17 has revealed that for at least some Intel Sandy Bridge hardware are OpenGL performance improvements with the newer kernel code.
20 August 2014 - 3 Comments

Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17

Early benchmarking of the Linux 3.17 kernel have indicated faster performance for AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver thanks to Radeon DRM improvements.
20 August 2014 - 16 Comments

Enabling HyperZ Is Still An Easy Way For Faster RadeonSI Performance

With this week's Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D driver comparison for the A10-7800 Kaveri APU with Radeon R7 Graphics, the default driver settings were used since after all it's what most Linux gamers and desktop users will utilize when running either driver. However, for those wanting to tune their open-source driver to get a bit higher number, enabling HyperZ is still an easy win.
14 August 2014 - 23 Comments

AMD Kaveri: Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D On Linux

With the recently released AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU I carried out some new benchmarks comparing the open and closed-source Linux GPU driver performance for AMD with their Catalyst and RadeonSI Gallium3D solutions. When running the open-source Ubuntu driver tests, multiple versions of Mesa and the Linux kernel were used.
12 August 2014 - 38 Comments

Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver

After last week running new Nouveau vs. NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics benchmarks, here's the results when putting AMD's hardware on the test bench and running both their latest open and closed-source drivers. Up today are the results of using the latest Radeon Gallium3D graphics code and Linux kernel against the latest beta of the binary-only Catalyst driver.
5 August 2014 - 35 Comments

Linux OpenCL Performance With The Newest AMD & NVIDIA Drivers

The latest Linux GPU benchmarks at Phoronix for your viewing pleasure are looking at the OpenCL compute performance with the latest AMD and NVIDIA binary blobs while also marking down the performance efficiency and overall system power consumption.
4 August 2014 - 21 Comments

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests

Last month I published some benchmarks where NVIDIA slaughtered AMD's Catalyst driver in APITest benchmarks, a set of OpenGL 4.x test cases. While these are just micro-benchmarks of modern OpenGL and designed for showing off potential solutions for problems to leading to lower driver overhead, there's been some improvements within the Catalyst 14.6 Beta on Linux. Up today are some new benchmarks of APITest using the latest AMD and NVIDIA drivers.
30 July 2014 - 16 Comments

Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.
28 July 2014 - 16 Comments

The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers

Complementing yesterday's Radeon, Intel, and Nouveau benchmarks using the very latest open-source driver code, here's some power consumption, performance-per-Watt, and thermal numbers when using an assortment of graphics processors on the latest open-source drivers.
26 July 2014 - 14 Comments

Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel

As the second part of our Linux graphics testing this week after a Radeon R600/RadeonSI performance update with the Linux 3.16 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel are some comparative numbers that include Intel's Haswell HD Graphics and various NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the Nouveau driver.
25 July 2014 - 8 Comments

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