AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev: Open-Source Continues Strong

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 19 June 2017. Page 5 of 5. 63 Comments
AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev
AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev

The AMDGPU-PRO driver is faster than RadeonSI with Unigine Superposition.

AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev

With Xonotic, the RX 580 was faster on AMDGPU-PRO while the R9 Fury was faster with the open driver stack.

AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev

The open driver was also faster with glmark2.

AMDGPU-PRO 17.10-429170 vs. Linux 4.12 + Mesa 17.2-dev

Meanwhile in the Furmark OpenGL torture test, the performance was close between the competing drivers.

Overall these results are interesting and still largely show the open-source Radeon Linux driver stack (AMDGPU+RadeonSI) performing better than the hybrid AMDGPU-PRO driver but there are exceptions in a few titles plus when it comes to Vulkan performance the RADV numbers tend to lose to the proprietary Vulkan driver or in best case scenarios offer around similar performance.

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