Linux Anti-Aliasing Benchmarks With The GeForce GTX 980
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 10 October 2014 at 10:40 AM EDT. 6 Comments
The latest Linux graphics benchmarks I ran from the high-end Maxwell GeForce GTX 980 graphics card were some anti-aliasing tests.

As explained in my NVIDIA GTX 980 Linux review, while this new graphics card introduces Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) and other new features designed to improve the visual quality for games, the new AA capabilities aren't exposed by NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver. The only anti-aliasing modes offered by the NVIDIA Linux driver's nvidia-settings utility for the GTX 980 is 2xMS, 4xMS, 4xSS + 2xMS, 8xMS, and 4xSS + 4xMS. Just the multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) and super-sampling anti-aliasing (SSAA) that have long been supported by the NVIDIA blob. There's also the toggle for FXAA.

Anyhow, for the exposed anti-aliasing levels I ran some benchmarks with a few native Linux games atop Ubuntu with the NVIDIA 343.22 binary driver.

You can find all of these anti-aliasing GeForce GTX 980 Linux benchmarking results via 1410073-LI-NVIDIAGEF89 on You can also run your own Linux graphics benchmarks with the Phoronix Test Suite and its hundreds of tests.
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