Trying Out Nouveau's Accelerated Pascal Support With DRM-Next, Mesa 17.2-dev
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 25 April 2017. Page 3 of 3. 20 Comments

The Nouveau driver for GTX 1000 series hardware is fast enough to handle a 4K composited desktop, but gaming is a different story.

You may be able to run very lightweight OpenGL games on the current Pascal driver stack, but you probably didn't shell out hundreds of dollars to have a severely hampered GPU when using open-source.

For now, don't expect much performance-wise from the GTX 900/1000 series when using the open-source Nouveau driver. At least when using the NVIDIA binary driver you have a very performant, feature-rich, working driver stack for those not concerned about the software license of your hardware drivers.

For those wondering how the re-clocked Nouveau Kepler performance is with the latest DRM-Next code and Mesa 17.2-dev, I'll be posting some fresh benchmarks later this week with the GTX 780 Ti and then also the GTX 750 that is capable of being re-clocked.

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