NVIDIA 470 EOL Drivers For Kepler Still Obliterating Open-Source Alternative

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 30 June 2021. Page 4 of 4. 29 Comments

For workstation OpenGL tests and similar, the Nouveau performance remains far behind the NVIDIA 470 official Linux driver.

Here is the geometric mean across all of the OpenGL tests conducted for this article. Re-clocking is vital for at least having decent performance out of the GeForce GTX 600/700 series on Linux. However, overall the GeForce GTX 680 was running at just 66% the speed of the proprietary driver for these GPUs that have been around for nearly one decade. Kepler is also the best supported GPU generation currently by NVIDIA as it's the latest without having the signed firmware requirement and at least has manual re-clocking available unlike with the GeForce GTX 900 series and newer.

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