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35-Way NVIDIA/AMD Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver Comparison
     Fri, Jun 13 2014 | 10:04A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week with Phoronix turning ten years old I celebrated by testing 65 different GPUs with the open-source Linux graphics drivers from Intel, AMD, and Nouveau. I also followed-up with power efficiency and thermal benchmarks from all of the graphics cards that played nicely on the latest open-source drivers. Today I`m following up with the next round of testing by checking out the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD Catalyst graphics drivers under Linux with 35 different graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Microsoft’s reveal of DirectX 12
     Fri, Jun 06 2014 | 4:02P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The big story at GDC last week was Microsoft’s reveal of DirectX 12 and the future of the dominant API for PC gaming. There was plenty of build up to the announcement with Microsoft’s DirectX team posting teasers and starting up a Twitter account of the occasion. I hosted a live blog from the event which included pictures of the slides. It was our most successful of these types of events with literally thousands of people joining in the conversation. Along with the debates over the similarities of AMD’s Mantle API and the timeline for DX12 release, there are plenty of stories to be told.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Windows 8.1 Still Outperforms Linux With Latest Intel GPU Drivers
     Wed, May 28 2014 | 12:12P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s been a while since last comparing the performance of the Windows and Linux Intel Haswell OpenGL graphics drivers. Last year when we looked at the Intel Haswell HD Graphics 4600 performance the driver speeds under Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 were almost neck-and-neck, but since then it seems the rate of performance optimizations and improvements within the Intel Windows driver has outpaced the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Portal on the NVIDIA SHIELD for $9.99 @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, May 27 2014 | 2:29P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Valve brought Portal out in 2007 it revolutionized what one expected from first-person puzzle-based video games. The game offers challenging puzzles to players that are based on physics and reality. Why are we talking about Portal today? Valve will be releasing Portal for Android devices on May 12th for $9.99 on Google Play. It turns out that most of the development work was done by NVIDIA as they wanted to bring big name game titles like Portal and Half-Life 2 out for NVIDIA SHIELD owners..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Catalyst On Ubuntu 14.04 Linux Competes Well With Windows 8.1
     Sun, May 25 2014 | 4:05P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After this week having carried out benchmarks showing Intel`s Windows 8.1 OpenGL driver is outperforming their open-source Linux driver but NVIDIA`s driver on Ubuntu Linux is commonly faster than Windows 8.1, the time has come to benchmark several different AMD Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with all available updates and each OS using the latest Catalyst 14.4 driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.04 With Catalyst Can Beat Windows
     Mon, May 19 2014 | 1:19P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The latest Linux graphics testing under the microscope at Phoronix is comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Windows 8.1 performance with all available updates. Results from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware is coming up next week while today is a bit of a preview of the AMD numbers when using a Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card. While the open-source AMD Hawaii support remains broken, with the Catalyst 14.4 driver on each operating system, the Linux Catalyst driver with the R9 290 graphics card can outperform Windows 8.1 Pro with some OpenGL games and benchmarks." Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Send your news to news@phoronix.com. If you no longer to wish to receive these notifications, let us know. Thank you in advanced for posting a link to this article on your site.
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Testing NVIDIA Optimus / DRI PRIME On Ubuntu 14.04
     Mon, May 12 2014 | 9:05A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS there is improved support for multi-GPU laptops (commonly what`s branded as NVIDIA Optimus configurations) where there is a discrete NVIDIA GPU used for high performance workloads to complement the low-power Intel integrated graphics. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS features better support for these Optimus / DRI PRIME configurations on both the open and closed-source graphics drivers. Here`s the Ubuntu 14.04 multi-GPU experience along with some OpenGL benchmarks and power consumption numbers between the different configurations."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

 
Microsoft announced DirectX 12
     Tue, Apr 29 2014 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft announced DirectX 12 yesterday, we learned that a broad swath of existing hardware would support the new API. That wasn't the whole story, however, as Nvidia's Tony Tamasi clarified in an interview with us today. It turns out that DirectX 12 will introduce a set of new features in addition to the lower-level abstraction, and those features will require new hardware.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

NVIDIA's new 337.50 beta driver
     Wed, Apr 23 2014 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote: Last week, NVIDIA rolled out their new 337.50 beta driver which promises huge performance increases, particularly for SLI setups. We go in-depth and reveal its potential.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 beta performance drivers
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NVIDIA claimed a performance increase of up to 64% in single GPU DirectX 11 performance and up to 71% for SLI setups. According to NVIDIA's announcement, which can be read here, these gains are achieved by optimising single-GPU DirectX 11 performance and globally reducing CPU overhead for the majority of DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and DirectX 11 games. These are very bold claims indeed, which created a wave of controversy across the net. To shed some light into the matter, we decided to run the new NVIDIA GeForce 337.50 Beta drivers through some intensive game-benchmarking, 100% in-house, for your reading enjoyment."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

NVIDIA 337.50 Driver Comparison
     Tue, Apr 22 2014 | 9:55A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From looking at the results, as long as you are not GPU bound, it seems as though the 337.50 drivers do offer some upside in most of the games tested. *Star Swarm* sees a 25% boost on the GTX 770 and the GTX 780 Ti is closer to 30%, exceeding the up to 21% stated on the release notes. In *BF4* the single card gains were minimal, as were the gains at 5760x1080. However when you run the SLI numbers at 1920x1080 you get an easy 5% to 6% boost. *Metro: Last Light*, much like *BF4*, shows minimal gains at 5760x1080, but shows promise in both the single and SLI testing at 1920x1080, with gains as high as 8%. The greatest performance boost in *Batman: Arkham Origins* bucked the trend of being GPU bound with a pair of GTX 780 Ti in SLI by bringing home a 10% boost in performance. *Far Cry 3* shows gains in almost every test; the largest gains coming from the SLI configurations at 1920x1080 with the GTX 770s delivering a 7% boost and the GTX 780 Tis delivering a 4% boost using the new driver."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Microsoft Introduces us to DX12: My Thoughts on the Industry Moving Forward
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 11:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DirectX 12 is a much needed improvement to the line. It has been four years since DX11 was released with two minor iterations in that time. We have seen the rise of extreme programmability and parallelism that requires new thinking on the software side in order to harness that type of horsepower. My guess is that DirectX 12 will improve general computing in GPUs and APUs to a great degree as compared to what we have seen with DX11 and DirectCompute. The ball has been rolling for some time, but now that the industry has seen the advances that DX12 brings to the table, I am sure it will lead to some interesting developments on both the hardware and software sides. Good times await enthusiasts of this industry."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

AMD Radeon: Windows 8.1 Catalyst vs. Linux Gallium3D
     Wed, Apr 16 2014 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Summary: "Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarks on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS are of three different AMD Radeon graphics cards from three different generations as we test the performance of Microsoft Windows 8.1 against Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, when using both the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver and the open-source R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Is Exploring A Very Interesting, More-Open Linux Driver
     Tue, Apr 15 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This week I was out at the Game Developer's Conference not with a focus on games but to learn about some changes they AMD currently pursuing for their Linux driver model. If this new Linux driver model goes through, the Catalyst Linux driver will be more open, but it's not without some risk. Read more in this Phoronix exclusive story."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Radeon Gallium3D Performance Gets Close To Catalyst On Ubuntu 14.04
     Fri, Apr 11 2014 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the open-source graphics driver stack found in the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Mesa 10.1 + Linux 3.13), the performance of the community-developed Radeon Gallium3D driver is now close to that of the official AMD Catalyst driver for recent generations of Radeon graphics cards. In several OpenGL tests the RadeonSI driver can even run 80% the speed of AMD`s official Catalyst Linux driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy
     Tue, Apr 01 2014 | 6:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We already covered the basics of DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy. Now that we've had time to study our notes from the show, we can delve into a little more detail about the new API's inception, the key ways in which it differs from DirectX 11, and what AMD and Nvidia think about it.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

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