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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review
     Sun, Dec 21 2014 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro features an aluminium body with an intriguing watchband hinge, an ultra high resolution display, and a bleeding edge Core M processor from Intel that promises decent performance with lower power consumption. At least on paper it ticks all the right boxes. It's also surprisingly thin and light. The 13.3-inch frame is just 14mm thick at its thickest point, and 1.19kg heavy, making it thinner and lighter than the latest MacBook Air.

CS:GO & TF2 Extensively Tested On The Newest Open-Source Radeon Linux Driver
     Tue, Nov 18 2014 | 10:07A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99. With this bleeding edge code there were sixteen AMD Radeon graphics cards tested from low to high-end and spanning several generations. Beyond looking at the frame-rate results, there`s also power consumption, performance-per-Watt, GPU core temperature, and CPU usage to go along with all of these results. Enjoy!"

AMDs Windows Catalyst Driver Remains Largely Faster Than Linux Drivers
     Sat, Nov 08 2014 | 7:20P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With last week having delivered our latest Linux vs. Windows NVIDIA benchmarks where we found that the NVIDIA Linux driver can outperform the Windows 8.1 driver with OpenGL workloads, the tables have turned to looking at the AMD Windows vs. Linux performance using the latest code. In this Ubuntu 14.10 vs. Windows 8.1 comparison, the open-source Radeon driver on Linux is also being tested against the Catalyst drivers."

AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy New Kernel Driver
     Fri, Oct 10 2014 | 11:23A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alex Deucher of AMD has taken the floor at XDC2014, which got underway today in France to provide an update on the companys new unified open-source driver strategy. Compared to what I originally reported earlier in the year when breaking the news, theres some notable changes but overall this is an exciting endeavor for AMD Linux customers with the open and closed source AMD GPU drivers going to share the same (open-source) Linux kernel driver."

Firefall and Roccat - Play for Free and win peripherals at HardwareHeaven
     Mon, Sep 15 2014 | 4:16P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thanks to our friends over at Firefall and ROCCAT, we are giving lucky readers the chance to win some amazing ROCCAT goodies. The entry method for our Firefall competition could not be easier..."

Ubuntu 14.04: Intel's Haswell Linux Driver
     Fri, Aug 29 2014 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In complementing the recent Intel Iris Graphics 5100: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 and MacBook Air: OS X 10.9 vs. Ubuntu 14.04, here's some new Windows vs. Linux OpenGL benchmarks with this time looking at the performance for Intel's "Haswell" Core i7 4770K with HD Graphics 4600 using the latest driver releases on Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS."

News: AMD hopes to put a little Mantle in OpenGL Next
     Sat, Aug 16 2014 | 7:43A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At Siggraph yesterday, AMD`s Richard Huddy gave us an update on Mantle, and he also revealed some interesting details about AMD`s role in the development of the next-gen OpenGL API."

Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMDs Catalyst Driver
     Fri, Aug 08 2014 | 1:56A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After last week running new Nouveau vs. NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics benchmarks, here`s the results when putting AMD`s hardware on the test bench and running both their latest open and closed-source drivers. Up today are the results of using the latest Radeon Gallium3D graphics code and Linux kernel against the latest beta of the binary-only Catalyst driver."

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."

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.

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."

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..."

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."

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.

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."

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.

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