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Re-Testing NVIDIA's Threaded OpenGL Optimizations For Linux Gaming

Back in 2012 with the NVIDIA 310 Linux driver series a threaded OpenGL optimization was added to the proprietary graphics driver. When this driver premiered we tested NVIDIA's Linux threaded OpenGL optimizations to mixed results. We're back now re-testing the OpenGL threaded optimizations to see if it makes any more of a difference now with modern Linux games and OpenGL workloads while using the latest 337.25 Linux driver.
22 June 2014 - 10 Comments

Nouveau Re-Clocking Is Way Faster, Shows Much Progress For Open-Source NVIDIA

Earlier this week on Phoronix we covered the steps to trying out Nouveau re-clocking with Linux 3.16, assuming you're running a supported NVIDIA GPU that can currently be statically re-clocked using this reverse-engineered graphics driver. While the support is still experimental and isn't intended for end-users, here are some fresh benchmarks of the Nouveau driver DRM code for Linux 3.16 when re-clocked.
20 June 2014 - 32 Comments

Open-Source Radeon Takes On AMD Catalyst In 2D Performance

Last weekend I published 2D performance benchmarks comparing Nouveau to NVIDIA's official driver. To no real surprise, the proprietary NVIDIA driver beat Nouveau in most micro-benchmarks when it comes to 2D (and separately, 3D) performance. With the open-source Radeon stack, however, it presents a much tougher fight against the proprietary Catalyst driver.
17 June 2014 - 54 Comments

Trying Out Nouveau GPU Re-Clocking On Linux 3.16

With the Linux 3.16 kernel comes the ability to re-clock select NVIDIA GeForce GPUs when using the open-source, reverse-engineered Nouveau driver. Here's my first impressions with trying out this option to maximize the performance of NVIDIA graphics cards on open-source drivers.
16 June 2014 - 14 Comments

NVIDIA Slaughters AMD Catalyst On Linux In OpenGL 4.x Micro-Benchmarks

With the APITest OpenGL 4.x tests developed by John McDonald at NVIDIA who is now working for Valve on their Linux-related endeavors, the AMD Catalyst driver gets absolutely annihilated for these GL4 micro-benchmarks.
15 June 2014 - 61 Comments

Linux 2D Performance: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA

After last weekend delivering 30-way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA 2D Linux benchmarks this weekend I have some results comparing the GeForce GPU performance for 2D operations between the open-source Nouveau driver and the closed-source proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver.
14 June 2014 - 27 Comments

LunarG ILO Gallium3D vs. Intel's DRI Driver On Mesa 10.3-devel

The Linux graphics benchmarks we have to publish today at Phoronix are some tests of the Intel "ILO" Gallium3D driver that is independently developed by LunarG as an unofficial alternative to the classic Intel Mesa DRI driver that's officially supported by the Intel Open-Source Technology Center.
13 June 2014 - 12 Comments

Don't Forget NVIDIA Is Dropping Pre-Fermi From Mainline

For those of you with NVIDIA graphics cards prior to the GeForce 400 "Fermi" series, NVIDIA is soon eliminating the support from their mainline proprietary Linux graphics driver.
9 June 2014 - 27 Comments

30-way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA Linux 2D Performance Comparison

A few days ago I began testing over 60 GPUs with the Intel/AMD/NVIDIA open-source Linux drivers. From that huge assortment of hardware I was able to deliver a plethora of Linux gaming and other OpenGL benchmarks from 50 of the graphics cards. I already followed-up with the performance-per-Watt and efficiency data for the wide assortment of graphics cards on the open-source drivers. As the last article looking at the open-source performance before switching over to the AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA proprietary Linux benchmarks, here are some 2D performance results from the Linux desktop.
8 June 2014 - 11 Comments

OpenCL Linux Benchmarks With The Latest Linux GPU Drivers

This week there's already been a high-end OpenGL comparison using the latest proprietary drivers with newer AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. Those OpenGL results were followed by a 2D NVIDIA/AMD Linux performance comparison and now to end out the week are some OpenCL compute benchmarks.
31 May 2014 - 16 Comments

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