NVIDIA 367.27 vs. 367.35 Linux Driver Benchmarks With GTX 1060/1070/1080
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 1 August 2016 at 04:11 PM EDT. 8 Comments
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Released two weeks ago was the NVIDIA 367.35 Linux driver as the latest stable binary driver for NVIDIA hardware. Here are some performance tests to see if it upped the NVIDIA Pascal Linux performance at all.

This 367 series driver updated added VDPAU Featur Set H support for Pascal GPUs and some other Pascal-related improvements. It also added a change to potentially boost performance, "Improved buffer write performance of the nvidia-drm DRM KMS driver by using write-combined DRM Dumb Buffers where available." With that change plus general post-launch Pascal improvements, many Phoronix readers have been interested in seeing comparison benchmarks.


Today I completed some NVIDIA 367.27 vs. NVIDIA 367.35 Linux driver benchmarks to see if the performance has changed at all for GTX 1000 series hardware. I tested both drivers with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080.

I ran various OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan benchmarks.



Long story short though, the performance has been the same. You can see all of the benchmark results but in all of them, the performance is flat-lined on the three tested Pascal graphics cards between these two Linux driver releases. There's been no performance improvements nor any regressions in any of my Pascal tests, while some Linux users have complained of some issues with the .35 release.
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