Ubuntu 12.10: Open-Source Radeon vs. AMD Catalyst Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 30 October 2012. Page 2 of 4. 67 Comments
AMD Radeon Ubuntu 12.10 Linux

To no surprise at all, the AMD Catalyst binary driver continues to run much faster than the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver.

AMD Radeon Ubuntu 12.10 Linux

Aside from better performance, the Catalyst driver also supports OpenGL 4.x while the open-source driver is still handicap to OpenGL 3.0 and it will likely be at least another year before the Gallium3D driver potentially supports OpenGL 4.0.

AMD Radeon Ubuntu 12.10 Linux

The open-source Radeon driver also continues to be handicap by the lack of proper power management for Radeon graphics cards.


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