Radeon Gallium3D Has Made Much Progress In Two Years

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 8 August 2012 at 01:05 PM EDT.
Mesa Radeon HD 4870 Linux Performance Comparison

For the old OpenArena 0.8.5 game that's not too demanding, there isn't much net change between Mesa 7.9.2 and 8.1-devel -- only 18% over two years. However, it looks like there might be some syncing issues with the perfect 120 FPS average. Swap buffers wait was disabled during testing and the Phoronix Test Suite automatically sets the vblank_mode to 0, but for some reason it looks like OpenArena 0.8.5 on the recent driver code isn't honoring this for the particular game. Mesa 7.10.3 was up at 141 FPS.

Mesa Radeon HD 4870 Linux Performance Comparison

The newer OpenArena 0.8.8 release also faces a similar problem to the older version.

Mesa Radeon HD 4870 Linux Performance Comparison

For World of Padman, a game based upon the same engine (ioquake3) as OpenArena, the performance from Mesa 7.9.2 to 8.1-devel is up by 84%.


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