Radeon Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3 vs. NVIDIA Linux Performance & Perf-Per-Watt

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 18 May 2016. Page 6 of 6. 39 Comments
NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison

Xonotic at 4K also put the AMD Radeon results in a better light compared to NVIDIA's GeForce Linux performance with their proprietary drivers.

NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison
NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison

It will be fun to see how Polaris and Pascal compare to all of this OpenGL Linux test data, stay tuned in the weeks ahead.

NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison

The R9 Fury performance is still coming up short at 4K for the Tesseract open-source game.

For the 4K testing, here's a look at the GPU core temperature and system power consumption over the course of all our 3840 x 2160 Linux gaming benchmarks:

NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison
NVIDIA vs. AMD 1080p Large Linux Comparison

Well, that's the latest big batch of Linux hardware performance data I have to share today. These Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3-dev results on AMD Radeon cards compared to NVIDIA GeForce GPUs with their proprietary driver show that there still is much more room for improvement still within the AMDGPU/Radeon DRM kernel drivers and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. However, in a select number of the tests -- and especially at 4K -- the results were starting to be more competitive with NVIDIA than we have seen from past open vs. closed graphics driver comparisons.

Hopefully you found these numbers interesting whether you were curious about how the AMD Radeon performance-per-Watt has evolved over time, just wanted to see how the red and green teams are competing on Linux, etc. Stay tuned for Polaris and Pascal tests on Phoronix in the weeks ahead. To help support our testing and allow us to invest in more hardware in cases where not being seeded with review samples, please consider joining Phoronix Premium while you get the added benefit of ad-free viewing and seeing multi-page articles on a single page.

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