DRI2 vs. DRI3 Radeon Linux OpenGL Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 1 November 2015 at 11:00 AM EST. Page 4 of 4. 47 Comments.
Ubuntu 15.10 Radeon DRI3 vs. DRI2
Ubuntu 15.10 Radeon DRI3 vs. DRI2
Ubuntu 15.10 Radeon DRI3 vs. DRI2

Under the synthetic OpenGL tests with GpuTest, there was no difference with the Radeon R9 290 or HD 6870 when comparing the DRI2 and DRI3 rendering modes.

For Xonotic and OpenArena, enabling Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 yielded much greater frame-rates than the DRI2 default. DRI3 performance gains are most apparent in CPU-bound workloads. Assuming you're running X.Org Server 1.17+ and other up-to-date open-source driver components, it's as easy as setting Option "DRI3" "1" if you wish to play around with the Radeon DRI3 support. Comment in our forums if you run into any issues or see the earlier article if you're still getting familiarized with DRI3.

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