AMD & NVIDIA: Open vs. Closed-Source Driver Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 9 January 2017. Page 2 of 4. 27 Comments

As very little surprise given the maturity of the open-source AMD driver stack and AMD's investments into that driver, right away with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive we see the open-source driver meeting or exceeding the performance of their AMDGPU-PRO hybrid / closed-source driver. Meanwhile the Maxwell cards on Nouveau are unplayable due to no re-clocking support and then for the Kepler cards they are still not up to compete with NVIDIA's proprietary driver.

With Dota 2, AMD's open-source driver performance is the same for the RX 480 and superior on both the R9 285 and R9 Fury.

Under the ET: Legacy game, the open-source drivers lag behind the closed-source drivers across the board from both vendors.

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