16-Way NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Comparison - August 2017

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 8 August 2017 at 09:15 AM EDT. Page 7 of 7. 37 Comments.
NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Pre-Vega Linux

The RadeonSI Gallium3D driver looks like it could still use some better optimizations for the tessellation-heavy Unigine Heaven benchmark.

NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Pre-Vega Linux

While the Valley performance is a bit better on RadeonSI, NVIDIA is still running solidly on Linux.

NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Pre-Vega Linux

The Superposition benchmark yields the poorest showing of the Radeon driver stack of the OpenGL tests ran for this article, at least with the lower quality settings.

NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Pre-Vega Linux

When pushing Superposition with ultra image quality settings, the RadeonSI performance was competitive with the R9 Fury coming out ahead of the GTX 980 and the RX 580 being aligned with the GTX 1060.

These OpenGL RadeonSI vs. NVIDIA Linux benchmark results remain very fascinating given the incredible progress AMD, Valve, and other developers have made in recent months so AMD GPUs under Linux can finally compete with GeForce hardware and the long-standing, optimized NVIDIA Linux driver. Granted, for now this is just in the context of the OpenGL performance while the RADV Vulkan driver continues to be improved on a near-daily basis. There will be several more interesting GPU comparisons in the next week or two on Phoronix.

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