Some Fresh Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev OpenGL Benchmarks For Radeon GPUs

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 21 September 2016 at 07:30 AM EDT. 39 Comments
For those craving some fresh Mesa Git benchmarks, here are a few OpenGL tests I carried out with some AMD Radeon GPUs when comparing the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 16.04 LTS performance to what's offered currently by Linux 4.8 and Mesa 12.1-dev Git.

Tests were done with a Radeon R9 270X, R7 370, R9 Fury, and RX 480 as just some quick, one-page-article testing. The RX 480, of course, could only be tested on this Git stack and not the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 16.04 (Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.2) stack since it lacked the RX 400 Polaris series support.
Ubuntu 16.04 Mesa 12.1 Linux 4.8 Radeon AMDGPU

The Mesa 12.1-dev Git was from Padoka PPA and the Linux 4.8 code was from Git as of last week.
Ubuntu 16.04 Mesa 12.1 Linux 4.8 Radeon AMDGPU

In Metro Last Light Redux it's a big performance difference...
Ubuntu 16.04 Mesa 12.1 Linux 4.8 Radeon AMDGPU

Though it's not a big deal for all tests... At least with Mesa Git there is currently OpenGL 4.3 support as opposed to OpenGL 4.1 on older versions of Mesa/LLVM.
Ubuntu 16.04 Mesa 12.1 Linux 4.8 Radeon AMDGPU

To see more of these fresh and quick Radeon OpenGL benchmarking results, visit this result file.
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