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NVIDIA Is "Taking Linux Gaming Serious"

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Published on 25 November 2013 07:47 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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While NVIDIA historically looked at Linux as a market for pushing more Quadro workstation GPU sales, with Valve's SteamOS Linux / Steam Machines and activities from other game studios, NVIDIA is now taking Linux gaming seriously.

For those that missed it last week I posted a Linux review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti and then up today was a look at the GeForce GTX TITAN when comparing the Ubuntu Linux and Microsoft Windows OpenGL performance. With the latest Linux vs. Windows NVIDIA comparison, the $1000 USD Titan was running at effectively the same speed between operating systems.

In my testing so far of various GeForce 700 series hardware, the only area where I can fault the NVIDIA Linux driver basically comes down to their lack of overclocking support for Fermi/Kepler GPUs.

In communicating today with NVIDIA's Sean Pelletier, the senior product manager of GeForce software, and asked about the overclocking situation, he responded, "Unfortunately, I can’t comment on unannounced features. However, I can tell you that we’re definitely taking Linux gaming serious so we’ll be arming gamers with the tools they need to get the best gaming experience possible. Stay tuned! ;)"

Hopefully we'll see more good things coming out of NVIDIA in 2014... What else would you like to see out of NVIDIA's Linux support? (Besides the request of open-sourcing their binary driver...) Let us know in the forums!

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