Don't Forget NVIDIA Is Soon Dropping Pre-Fermi GPUs From Their Main Linux Driver

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 9 June 2014. Page 4 of 4. 27 Comments

Hopefully these results from some basic OpenGL games and benchmarks were useful if you're still running one of the older GeForce graphics cards where the support will soon be removed from the mainline proprietary NVIDIA driver. If you're not interested in upgrading your graphics card though, there's always the open-source Nouveau driver or the future NVIDIA legacy drivers that should be well maintained for the next two years.

If you are curious about the open-source performance and support of NVIDIA graphics cards by the Nouveau driver, see last week's 60+ Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison. The similar comparison using proprietary drivers from AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA graphics cards will be published in the next few days if you are wanting to see how the AMD Radeon performance also stacks up over the years across many different GPUs. There was also our power consumption and power efficiency results too as another perspective for the Intel/AMD/NVIDIA Linux graphics performance.

Again if you want to see how your own Linux system compares to all of the numbers within this article, install the Phoronix Test Suite open-source benchmarking software and then run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1406067-KH-NVIDIAEOL84.

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