AMD Radeon VII Linux Performance vs. NVIDIA Gaming On Ubuntu For Q2'2019
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 22 May 2019. Page 6 of 6. 40 Comments

On a performance-per-dollar basis, the Radeon VII was comparable to the GeForce RTX 2080 given their similar retail pricing and how the performance ended up in most of these Linux benchmarks. Generally delivering the best value, however, was the Radeon RX Vega 64 followed by the RTX 2070 -- at least with today's prices.

Lastly is a look at the geometric mean for all of the dozens of Linux gaming benchmark results carried out. The GeForce RTX 2080 was just 5% faster overall then the Radeon VII on Linux. However, in many of the Linux games the RTX 2080 and VII were effectively tied. It may also be possible to further close this gap by using the AMDVLK Vulkan driver in place of the RADV driver for some games, which I'll be doing a fresh Vulkan driver comparison of shortly. But overall the Radeon VII performance on Linux is very good and nearly at-speed with the RTX 2080 on its mature proprietary driver stack.

Now that I have this Radeon VII replacement graphics card and it's working well on Linux, stay tuned for other updated performance metrics for this 7nm Radeon graphics card including AMDVLK vs. RADV Vulkan drivers, ROCm compute, and other graphics/compute tests.

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