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Linux 3.11 Benchmarks For Nouveau Graphics

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Published on 07 August 2013 08:22 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau
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We now know that the Linux 3.11 kernel has a heck of a lot of AMD Radeon performance potential through the new dynamic power management (DPM) support in its DRM kernel driver, but how's the Nouveau performance? Here's some new benchmarks.

Long story short though, the Linux 3.11 performance for the Nouveau kernel driver isn't too exciting. This reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA Linux graphics driver is excited in Linux 3.11 for the VP2 H.264/MPEG-2 video acceleration support, but when it comes to OpenGL performance, there doesn't appear to be any fundamental breakthroughs.

The Nouveau DRM in Linux 3.11 doesn't have any notable improvements when it comes to re-clocking for maximizing the performance of NVIDIA graphics cards. There also isn't anything else crazy aside from the Nouveau video acceleration, which is great for HTPC users.

On the user-space side, Nouveau Mesa 9.2 benchmarks showed the Nouveau Gallium3D drivers having no major performance breakthroughs in the upcoming Mesa 9.2 release either. For these re-clocked NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX and GeForce GT 220 graphics cards, the Linux 3.10 and Linux 3.11 Git kernels (as of 6 August) were compared on the same Intel Core i7 4770K Linux system.

The benchmark results in full can be found via OpenBenchmarking.org within 1308072-SO-LINUX311N99, but long story short there's no major changes to find with the upcoming Linux 3.11 kernel release.







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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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