Show Your Support: Have you heard of Phoronix Premium? It's what complements advertisements on this site for our premium ad-free service. For less than $4 USD per month, you can help support our site while the funds generated allow us to keep doing Linux hardware reviews, performance benchmarking, maintain our community forums, and much more.
The Open-Source Linux Graphics Card Showdown
Again, all of these graphics cards were tested from the Intel Core i7 3770K + ECS Z77H2-A2X system with the Linux 3.4 kernel, Mesa 8.1-devel, the latest X.Org Git drivers, and the respective Nouveau/Radeon driver fixes/optimizations. For now this offers a nine-way open-source Linux graphics comparison while a much larger comparison (and including the binary blobs) is on the table for early this summer once the open-source support for NVIDIA Kepler, Intel Ivy Bridge, and AMD Southern Islands have all matured further along.
All benchmarking and power monitoring was fully automated in a reproducible and turnkey manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite software. Now let's see these exciting results!