AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL vs. NVIDIA 364 Compute Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 24 May 2016 at 10:13 AM EDT. 11 Comments
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Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics.

I tested this new AMDGPU-PRO driver on the GCN 1.2-based Radeon R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards and it also worked out fine for the GCN 1.1-based Radeon R9 290. All the tests were done on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.4 kernel. I compared these latest AMD results to the NVIDIA 364.19 results I did from some recent benchmarks on Phoronix.

All the benchmarks, of course, were done with the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software. The system hardware/software details from this morning's OpenCL GPGPU comparison and more can be found via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file.

The OpenCL compute performance continues to be the main area where AMD's proprietary driver is competitive with NVIDIA. In fact, the R9 290 results were even very good against the Maxwell competition in this article, but isn't entirely unexpected as we've seen such anomalies in the past with NVIDIA investing much of their compute focus into their own CUDA implementation.

Again, you can dig through more details via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file.
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