Open-Source Radeon Driver Performance Against NVIDIA Linux Gaming For March 2021

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 11 March 2021. Page 1 of 5. 48 Comments

Recently working on some fresh tests using the latest NVIDIA proprietary driver stack against the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver code in its newest form, here are some fresh benchmarks for this latest round of Linux OpenGL/Vulkan gaming tests.

Here are the freshest Linux gaming benchmarks that were just wrapped up at Phoronix. On the NVIDIA side is still the 460.39 driver release while it's looking like soon the NVIDIA 470 series will be out. On the AMD side the newest open-source code means using Linux 5.12-rc2 and Mesa 21.1-devel via the Oibaf PPA with LLVM 11.0.1.

The NVIDIA cards tested based on the recent hardware I have available included the RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2080 Ti, TITAN RTX, RTX 3060 Ti, and RTX 3080. On the AMD side was the Radeon RX Vega 56, Radeon VII, RX 5700 XT, RX 6800, and RX 6800 XT graphics cards.

Testing was done from the Ryzen 9 5950X + ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO WiFi setup, including the very newest BIOS compared to the last round of testing and Resizable BAR support remained enabled. Via the Phoronix Test Suite a number of 1440p and 4K benchmarks were carried out for some fresh performance figures on this latest software stack atop the Ubuntu 20.10 base.

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