Mesa 17.1-dev vs. AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 vs. NVIDIA 378 Linux Gaming Tests
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 30 January 2017. Page 2 of 5. 41 Comments

AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 was crashing right away when launching the BioShock Infinite benchmark, but at least RadeonSI was working fine... However, the performance of the four tested Radeon GPUs was much lower than with the available NVIDIA cards using their latest driver.

Running Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux, the RX 460 and RX 480 were performing about the same speed under both of the AMD Linux driver options. The R9 285 and R9 Fury, meanwhile, were noticeably faster using the RadeonSI Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.10 driver stack. The R9 Fury performance on open-source was coming in between the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti while the R9 285 was just a little faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of Feral's newest Linux game ports and also where open-source Radeon developers have been focusing much attention recently. The RadeonSI-based open-source driver stack is faster than the AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 driver, with the exception of the RX 460. While the open-source driver is faster, it still leaves a lot to be desired with the R9 Fury and RX 480 running around the same speed, which is only between the levels of a GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060.

The DiRT Showdown racing game is much faster with AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 than the current Mesa 17.1-dev + Linux 4.10 stack, which in turn is slower than all of the NVIDIA cards tested.

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