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Radeon Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3 vs. NVIDIA Linux Performance
     Thu, Jun 02 2016 | 9:00A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week I published a 16-way NVIDIA GeForce performance comparison on Linux looking at the OpenGL performance evolution from the GeForce 9800GTX to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti / TITAN X, in getting ready to compare the long-term NVIDIA Linux performance to Pascal. This week I've done similar tests on the AMD Radeon side and compared these OpenGL performance and power consumption / performance-per-Watt numbers to NVIDIA."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Performance Redux
     Fri, May 27 2016 | 12:02P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Earlier this week I published some Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL benchmarks with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Since then I received some feedback from Valve with regards to Dota 2 on the Source 2 Engine testing along with a better demo to use for benchmarking and also using the latest Dota 2 Vulkan DLC updates. So here is a fresh look at the OpenGL vs. Vulkan performance for this popular Valve game on an assortment of NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Intel Is Preparing A Major Restructuring Of Their Graphics Driver
     Fri, May 20 2016 | 4:02P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel is brewing a makeover of their graphics driver stack through a large restructuring and consolidating initiative that will be formally announced in the coming weeks."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Do AMD Drivers Really Deserve Such a Hostile Reception?
     Thu, Apr 28 2016 | 2:32P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has a serious image problem with their drivers which stems from buggy, unrefined updates, and a slow release schedule. Even though this perception began many years ago, it’s still impacting on the company’s sales and explains why their market share is so small. The Q4 2015 results fromJon Peddie Research suggests AMD reached a market share of 21.1% while NVIDIA reigned supreme with 78.8%. Although, the Q4 data is more promising because AMD accounted for a mere 18.8% during the last quarter. On the other hand, respected industry journal DigiTimes reports that AMD is likely to reach its lowest ever market position for Q1 2016. Thankfully, the financial results will emerge on April 21st so we should know the full picture relatively soon. Of course, the situation should improve once Polaris and Zen reach retail channels. Most importantly, AMD’s share price has declined by more than 67% in five years from $9 to under $3 as of March 28, 2016. The question is why?
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Vulkan 1.0 Released: What You Need To Know About This Cross-Platform, High-Perf
     Tue, Feb 23 2016 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today's the day! It's Vulkan day! After the better part of two years of hard work, Vulkan 1.0 is ready to meet the world! Today The Khronos Group is announcing the release of Vulkan 1.0 with an embargo that just expired. This hard-launch today is met by the public release of the first conformant driver. The first Vulkan-powered game is also in public beta as of today, but the Linux situation as of today isn't entirely exciting for end-users/gamers as most vendors are still baking their Linux support with Windows generally taking priority. However, even ignoring operating system differences, you need to make sure your expectations are realistic before trying to fire up a Vulkan game while giving developers time to learn and design for this new graphics API."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

OpenGL Performance & Performance-Per-Watt
     Fri, Jan 22 2016 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Curious how the raw OpenGL performance and power efficiency has improved going back a decade to the GeForce 8 days? In this article is a 27-way graphics card comparison testing graphics cards from each generation going from the GeForce 8 series through the GeForce GTX 900 series and ending with the $999 GeForce GTX TITAN X. If you are interested in how graphics card performance has evolved, this is a fun must-read article."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD FreeSync and implementation
     Sat, Jan 09 2016 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In early December, I was able to spend some time with members of the newly formed Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), which is a revitalized and compartmentalized section of AMD that is taking over all graphics work. During those meetings, I was able to learn quite a bit about the plans for RTG going forward, including changes for AMD FreeSync and implementation of HDR display technology, and their plans for the GPUOpen open-sourced game development platform. Perhaps most intriguing of all: we received some information about the next-generation GPU architecture, targeted for 2016.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

 
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Continuing To Prep ZFS Support
     Sun, Jan 03 2016 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This year the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver (Nouveau) continued to evolve with improvements for re-clocking, the start of OpenGL 4 support, and other new functionality. Here's a recap along with some performance benchmarks showing how the OpenGL performance evolved over the past 12 months."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD's Radeon Technologies Group
     Sat, Jan 02 2016 | 12:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At its tech summit last week, AMD's Radeon Technologies Group treated us to an early look at its upcoming plans for FreeSync over HDMI and its plans to support UHD content on Radeons next year.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

NVIDIA Linux Driver 2015 Year-in-Review
     Fri, Jan 01 2016 | 3:02P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Similar to the recent open-source year end driver recaps, here's a recap of NVIDIA's binary driver activities for 2015 along with some benchmarks comparing the performance of the proprietary driver over the past year."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Driver Booster Tutorial
     Thu, Dec 24 2015 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Learn how Driver Booster can keep the device drivers on you computer up-to-date. We review this freeware program and walk you through the set up.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

NVIDIA Brings Near Real-Time Ray Tracing To The Masses.
     Tue, Dec 22 2015 | 2:11P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a regional tech briefing in Singapore on Friday, NVIDIA revealed the power of the NVIDIA ProViz computing platform. Leveraging on the parallel computing capabilities of the NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards to power the NVIDIA Iray technology, they are now able to deliver near real-time ray tracing. Check it out!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition Performance Analysis
     Sat, Dec 05 2015 | 12:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To coincide with the recent Radeon Settings: Crimson Edition release, here is our full look into the performance side using our base Windows 8.1 test system. As we all know by now, Radeon Settings is the official release name of the recently discontinued Catalyst Control Center software and comes from the newly formed Radeon Technologies graphics division.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Radeon Gallium3D Moved Closer To Performance Parity With AMD's
     Fri, Dec 04 2015 | 4:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Last week I wrote about the incredible improvements to AMD's open-source Linux driver over the course of 2014 that showed many significant OpenGL performance improvements for the open-source driver on various Radeon GPUs... But how does the latest open-source code compare to the closed-source Catalyst driver? In this article are benchmarks from an even larger assortment of Radeon GPUs while testing the latest Radeon Gallium3D and Catalyst drivers at the end of 2015."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Radeon Crimson Edition Drivers
     Thu, Dec 03 2015 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today AMD released this year's major update to their Radeon drivers. The new package is called Radeon Software Crimson and features an updated control panel, many new features as well as performance improvements in lots of games.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition
     Wed, Dec 02 2015 | 9:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition is the second in a line of major annual graphics driver updates from the company. Crimson also replaces the Catalyst Control Center software with a faster, more refined utility called Radeon Settings. We dug in to see what Crimson has to offer.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

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