AMD Gallium3D Marks Huge Win: Beating Catalyst In Steam On Linux Game

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 13 November 2014 at 03:28 PM EST. 48 Comments
As a follow up to yesterday's 16-way AMD GPU comparison with the latest open-source Linux graphics drivers, here's some numbers with the same graphics cards when adding in the Catalyst Linux graphics driver... The numbers may very well surprise you.

These results are just a preview to the full-on results that will likely be shared on Friday along with more information, etc. Here's a teaser:

Yep, that's Team Fortress 2 where the latest Radeon Gallium3D stack is largely leading over the Catalyst Linux driver... With some of the AMD graphics processors, the open-source Linux driver takes a nice lead over Catalyst.

But before getting too excited, the Radeon Gallium3D driver isn't across the board faster in all OpenGL Linux games...

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Catalyst was largely faster -- especially for the newer GCN graphics cards -- but with some of the older Radeon results the numbers are quite close.

Again, stay tuned for my full findings in an article on Phoronix likely coming tomorrow. If you appreciate all of the (generally exclusive) Linux hardware testing and Linux hardware reviews done at Phoronix, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip. Besides those methods of support, I rely on advertisements to allow to continue to operate, so please respect them; carrying out these tests are very time consuming, not to mention the associated energy and hardware costs.
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