25 May

MSI GeForce GT 1030: A $70 Passively-Cooled Graphics Card, Decent With OpenGL/Vulkan/OpenCL/VDPAU

If you are looking for a low-profile, passively-cooled graphics card, the GeForce GT 1030 launched last week and MSI is out the door with such a capable graphics card while only costing around $70~80 USD. Here are some Linux OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL, and VDPAU video acceleration benchmarks of the MSI GeForce GT 1030 compared to various other Radeon and GeForce graphics cards under Ubuntu.

25 May 09:23 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 22 Comments
Radeon VCN Video Decode Support Lands In Mesa

AMD developers have landed their work on supporting VCN video decoding in Mesa. VCN is the new video decode engine with the upcoming Raven Ridge APUs (Zen CPU + Vega Graphics) that apparently succeeds the UVD video decoding block.

25 May 12:10 PM EDT - Radeon - VCN Video - 24 Comments
Mesa 17.1.1 Released

Emil Velikov has announced the availability of Mesa 17.1.1 as the first point release to this quarter's big Mesa 17.1 package.

25 May 05:58 AM EDT - Mesa - Mesa 17.1.1 - Add A Comment

24 May

GCC Developers Potentially Deprecating Intel MPX

It was just with GCC 6 that MPX support was flipped on with Intel's Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) just premiering with Skylake CPUs. But now GCC developers are thinking about potentially deprecating this feature.

24 May 07:14 AM EDT - Intel - Intel MPX + GCC - 1 Comment

23 May

Trying Out MESA_NO_ERROR / KHR_no_error Support On Mesa 17.2-dev

Merged last month into Mesa Git and improved since then with follow-up commits has been KHR_no_error support for reducing the overhead of the OpenGL drivers by disabling certain error handling for OpenGL games/applications. This in turn can free up some CPU utilization and possibly lead to power-savings too.

23 May 03:27 PM EDT - Mesa - No OpenGL Errors - 22 Comments

22 May

Radeon RX 560 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks

Last week the "Polaris Evolved" Radeon RX 560 graphics card launched. I picked up a Sapphire Radeon RX 560 for Linux testing and have those results to share today for OpenGL and Vulkan workloads under Linux using the 4.12 development kernel and Mesa 17.2-dev compared to a range of Radeon and GeForce graphics cards.

22 May 11:00 AM EDT - Graphics Cards - 14 Comments

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