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

Warsow 1.0 is also facing some issues like the earlier v0.61 release.

Mesa Radeon HD 4870 Linux Performance Comparison

Xonotic with low-quality settings is 52% faster over the past five Mesa releases.

Mesa Radeon HD 4870 Linux Performance Comparison

Xonotic with high-quality settings does indicate a 61% performance improvement between Mesa 7.9 and the forthcoming Mesa 8.1.

How do these performance improvements now put the open-source Radeon driver performance in comparison to Catalyst? That will be coming in a more exhaustive article later in the month with a wide selection of hardware when Mesa 8.1 is ready for release. There will also be these "historical" benchmarks done for other Mesa/Gallium3D drivers too. Other benchmark requests are welcome.

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