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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!

About The Author
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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