Where AMD's Catalyst Driver Does The Best On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 24 July 2015 at 10:28 AM EDT.

On the following pages are some fresh LuxMark OpenCL results when tested on the same fifteen graphics cards as the earlier comparison.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB
eVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1024MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2048MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3072MB
eVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2048MB
eVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4096MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4096MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6144MB
XFX AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB
XFX AMD Radeon R9 285 2048MB
XFX AMD Radeon R9 290 4096MB
MSI AMD Radeon R7 370 4096MB

As explained in that earlier article, unfortunately there are few AMD Radeon cards tested in relation to NVIDIA graphics cards. NVIDIA and their partners continue sending out Linux review samples on nearly all of their graphics cards while AMD hasn't in a few years and thus the Radeon selection is largely limited to the graphics cards I purchase. Coming next week at least will be some OpenGL/OpenCL Linux benchmarks for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury with that being my latest AMD GPU purchase.

OpenCL AMD NVIDIA Linux Binary Tests

The Radeon GPUs were tested on Catalyst 15.7 while the GeForce GPUs were tested on the NVIDIA 352.21 driver. All benchmarks happened from the same system running Ubuntu 15.04 x86_64 with the Linux 3.19 kernel. All benchmarks were performed using the Phoronix Test Suite.

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