Ultra HD 4K Linux Graphics Card Testing

Written by Michael Larabel in Monitors on 29 November 2013. Page 6 of 6. 17 Comments

Lastly, from the GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 780 Ti here's some resolution scaling benchmarks done via the Phoronix Test Suite showing the Unigine performance at the major resolutions between 800 x 600 and 3840 x 2160. Those results are from the 1311287-SO-ULTRAHD4K80 result file. A similar result scaling graph couldn't be done on the AMD Radeon side since when attempting to mode-set to 1024 x 768 with the Catalyst driver, the display would lose its signal.

For those with Ultra HD TV sets currently, you can compare the eight AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards being tested under Ubuntu Linux by installing the Phoronix Test Suite and running phoronix-test-suite 1311283-SO-ULTRAHD4K46.

If you're thinking of buying an Ultra HD TV set this holiday shopping season, the price on the Seiki SE39UY04 is not bad if you're an early adopter. However, it's quality is just okay and the PC graphics performance isn't yet reasonable unless you're just using it for Linux desktop purposes or playing open-source games that aren't demanding on the graphics card. For the more demanding games, the current-generation AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards with the proprietary drivers can't yet deliver a really playable and dependable experience. If you just use the open-source Linux graphics drivers, you will certainly want to wait a while for better support and performance.

Stay tuned for additional Linux Ultra HD GPU testing. If you appreciate this testing done at Phoronix that can't be found anywhere else for Linux hardware coverage, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium and using our Amazon.com shopping link this holiday season.

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