Radeon GPUs Are Increasingly Competing With NVIDIA GPUs On Latest RadeonSI/RADV Drivers
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 19 March 2018. Page 7 of 7. 69 Comments

In the demanding Unigine Heaven benchmark, the RX Vega 64 runs in line with the GTX 1070 Ti.

And it's also that way for Unigine Valley.

RadeonSI does slightly better in its competitiveness with NVIDIA's Linux driver when it comes to the Unigine Superposition benchmark performance.

Lastly was X-Plane 11 with this flight simulator being largely CPU bound even with the Core i7 8700K but overall RadeonSI running well against NVIDIA.

Overall this is the best showing we have seen yet of the RADV/RadeonSI open-source Linux driver performance potential compared to the NVIDIA Linux driver stack. There still is room for improvement though as illustrated in a few cases and also with the continual feeling like "the next kernel is going to be the one" for Radeon superiority, but this year AMD is going strong and the Linux 4.17 kernel is shaping up to be quite an interesting release for AMD GPU owners with it enabling AMDGPU DC by default, WattMan-like features for Linux, the necessary bits for running ROCm/OpenCL on mainline discrete Radeon GPUs, etc. It will certainly be interesting to see what NVIDIA has coming for enhancing Linux performance and if there are any big improvements in store for coinciding with their upcoming 400 driver series. If you appreciate our daily Linux hardware benchmarking, you can show your support by joining Phoronix Premium.

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