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Everything You Need To Know About The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Performance
     Fri, Nov 20 2015 | 4:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While last week we were able to write about the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 development board, at that time we weren't able to share any benchmarks or hands-on experience with this ARM board powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 SoC. The embargo on that has now expired and as such this morning there are a lot of benchmarks to share with you. There are many benchmarks looking at different areas of the Jetson TX1 including power consumption and thermal. For kicks I've also done some comparisons against the Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 as well as other ARM hardware like the now defunct Calxeda ARM server and Raspberry Pi 2."

Understanding M.2 RAID NVMe Boot and 2/3x M.2 NVME RAID0 Tested
     Thu, Nov 19 2015 | 1:34P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our newest NVMe report tries to tackle the complexities of M.2 NVMe upgrade as well as RAID and creating such a RAID to run as the system boot drive. In this report, we benchmark two Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSDs, three NVMe SSDs and then provide a full explanation on what to do in order to create either of these RAID configurations as a boot drive.

Testing DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12
     Sun, Nov 08 2015 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TECHSPOT Testing DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 performance with Ashes of the Singularity http://www.techspot.com/review/1081-dx11-vs-dx12-ashes/ Windows 10 has been out for a few months now and with it came a number of improvements that make it Microsoft's best OS yet. However, one of the operating system's biggest features has yet to be seen in action. DirectX 12 is a key ingredient dedicated to PC gamers but the long wait is coming to an end.

AMDs new Radeon Software Crimson.
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is replacing their Catalyst Control Center with the new Radeon Software. Its first edition is named Crimson and it brings a huge list of new features to the table.

AMD Retires Catalyst Control Center
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has gone through significant changes as a company over the last few months. Recently, we’ve seen them enter into a joint venture with Nantong Fujitsu for final assembly and test operations and form the new Radeon Technologies Group, led by longtime graphics guru Raja Koduri. Today, AMD is announcing another big change, and this one affects a piece of software that many of you reading this have running on your systems right now—assuming there’s a Radeon in that rig of yours. AMD is ditching Catalyst Control Center in favor of newly architected solutions dubbed Radeon Settings, which is a critical part of what AMD is calling the Radeon Software Crimson Edition. Radeon Software Crimson Edition is completely rearchitected...

Are The Open-Source Graphics Drivers Good Enough
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 1:31P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the past week on Phoronix have been several featured articles looking at the performance of SteamOS with the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA graphics drivers: 22-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Cards On SteamOS, 4K AMD/NVIDIA High-End GPU Comparison On SteamOS, and Is SteamOS Any Faster Than Ubuntu 15.10 Linux? One of the frequent questions that have come up since then is how the open-source driver performance compares to that of the binary blobs on SteamOS, so here are some of those benchmarks."

AMD Has A Vulkan Linux Driver
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 12:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most anticipated talks of XDC2015 Toronto was the update on AMDGPU / the open-source Linux driver strategy... Vulkan details were revealed!"

DX12, DX11 and even AMD Mantle
     Tue, Aug 18 2015 | 3:18P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a look at the first real world gaming benchmark that utilized DX12. Back in March I was able to do some early testing with an API-specific test that evaluates the overhead implications of DX12, DX11 and even AMD Mantle from Futuremark and 3DMark. This first look at DX12 was interesting and painted an amazing picture about the potential benefits of the new API from Microsoft, but it wasn’t built on a real game engine. In our Ashes of the Singularity benchmark testing today, we finally get an early look at what a real implementation of DX12 looks like.

AMD GPU Open-Source Driver On Linux 4.2 Works
     Wed, Jul 29 2015 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the Linux 4.2 kernel settling down nicely and AMD developers having already sent in a few round of fixes for their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver, I've started testing out this new kernel driver -- plus the new xf86-video-amdgpu DDX and the associated new Mesa/LibDRM code -- that is providing the open-source accelerated graphics support for Tonga and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji."

Where AMD's Catalyst Driver Does The Best On Linux
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Earlier this week I finished up a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA graphics card comparison on Linux with the very latest proprietary Linux drivers. That earlier article focused on the OpenGL performance and simply put the Catalyst performance on the tested Radeon hardware was abysmal compared to NVIDIA's Linux driver performance. However, there is one area where the Catalyst Linux driver really excels at performance and routinely beats out the green competition."

NVIDIA Starts Supplying Open-Source Hardware Reference Headers
     Thu, Jul 16 2015 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There's another step forward today in NVIDIA's open-source/Linux hardware support! NVIDIA will begin supplying hardware reference headers for the Nouveau DRM driver."

NVIDIA GeForce 347.52 Performance Analysis
     Sun, Feb 15 2015 | 3:00A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia are well known for an extremely fast turnaround time for new drivers, even WHQL-certified drivers. Game Day drivers – GeForce 347.52, the drivers we're focusing on, among them – tend to be issued on the day of every major game release. AMD by contrast tend to rely on progressive beta candidates before rolling in changes to a major update later in the month. By working closely with game developers Nvidia tend to have access to game release candidates early on, allowing their driver team some lead time prior to release to smooth out any problems.

AMD Catalyst Linux OpenGL Driver Now Faster Than Windows
     Fri, Jan 30 2015 | 4:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Earlier this week I showed benchmarks of AMD's incredible year for their open-source Linux driver and how the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver moved closer to performance parity with Catalyst. One of the lingering questions though is how does the Catalyst 14.12 Omega Linux driver from December compare to the latest Catalyst Windows driver? Here's some benchmarks looking at the latest open and closed-source drivers on Linux compared to the latest Catalyst Windows release."

AMD's Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver
     Tue, Jan 27 2015 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With this week having delivered our 2014 Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks Year-In-Review that looked at the evolution of the AMD Catalyst Linux driver performance over this year, now it's time to see how the open-source Radeon driver performance has evolved."

AMD Catalyst Omega Launch
     Mon, Jan 05 2015 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD launch their new Catalyst Omega driver today. We had time to sit down with Sasa and Terry from AMD - two of the key people responsible for the new software. We also coverage the main differences and improvements with the new driver software.

AMD Catalyst Omega 14.12 Driver Performance
     Mon, Jan 05 2015 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD worked on the Catalyst Omega Driver (Catalyst 14.12) that was released earlier this week for nearly six months. These new drivers bring new features, a ton of bug fixes and of course the usual performance and quality improvements that gamers expect from each new driver release. AMD put so much time and effort into these new special edition drivers that they wanted to name this something different to help them stand out from the crowd. We figured the least we could do is take a look at the performance of the the new Catalyst Omega driver versus that of the previous non-beta driver release, which would be Catalyst 14.9 on our Radeon R9 290 Crossfire setup.

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