Open-Source Nouveau Driver Remains Slow For NVIDIA's Fermi, Kepler

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 29 October 2013. Page 6 of 6. Add A Comment
GeForce Kepler / Fermi Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux
GeForce Kepler / Fermi Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux
GeForce Kepler / Fermi Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux

These results didn't come as a big surprise given the past Fermi/Kepler benchmarks on Phoronix using the reverse-engineered open-source Nouveau driver. For those wanting to use the open-source Nouveau driver over NVIDIA's closed-source driver, the GeForce 9 and GeForce 200 series tends to be where the best support is currently found and with there is experimental re-clocking support that can be enabled but it doesn't always play nicely for all graphics cards. An updated open vs. closed-source comparison for these older NVIDIA GPUs is forthcoming on Phoronix with Linux 3.12 and Mesa 10.0.

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