30-way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA Linux 2D Performance Comparison
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 8 June 2014. Page 1 of 4. 11 Comments

A few days ago I began testing over 60 GPUs with the Intel/AMD/NVIDIA open-source Linux drivers. From that huge assortment of hardware I was able to deliver a plethora of Linux gaming and other OpenGL benchmarks from 50 of the graphics cards. I already followed-up with the performance-per-Watt and efficiency data for the wide assortment of graphics cards on the open-source drivers. As the last article looking at the open-source performance before switching over to the AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA proprietary Linux benchmarks, here are some 2D performance results from the Linux desktop.

All of the 2D tests for this article were done using the same open-source driver configuration as the previous two articles for this massive Linux GPU comparison: 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.15 kernel and Mesa 10.3-devel plus the updated X.Org DDX drivers via the Oibaf PPA.

The tested graphics processors for this article included the:

1: Intel HD 4600
2: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT
3: NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT
4: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
5: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX
6: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
8: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
9: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
10: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
11: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
12: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
13: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
14: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN
15: AMD Radeon X1800XT
16: AMD Radeon HD 4550
17: AMD Radeon HD 4670
18: AMD Radeon HD 4770
19: AMD Radeon HD 4830
20: AMD Radeon HD 4850
21: AMD Radeon HD 4870
22: AMD Radeon HD 4890
23: AMD Radeon HD 5770
24: AMD Radeon HD 5830
25: AMD Radeon HD 6450
26: AMD Radeon HD 6570
27: AMD Radeon HD 6770
28: AMD Radeon HD 6870
29: AMD Radeon HD 6950
30: AMD Radeon HD 7850

The full assortment of available GPUs were not tested, since as the results are about to show, for the open-source drivers there wasn't much variation in the results between the different models. All of this 2D graphics card testing was handled by the Phoronix Test Suite.


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