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NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Technology Explored
     Fri, Dec 27 2013 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in September at a press event held in Montreal, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced what he called "one of the most important works NVIDIA has done for computer graphics." The technology was called G-SYNC. G-SYNC is an end-to-end graphics and display architecture that starts with a Kepler-based GPU and ends with a G-SYNC module within a monitor. To put it simply, what G-SYNC does is keep a display and the output from a Kepler-basd GPU in sync, regardless of frame rates or whether or not V-Sync is enabled. Did we mention that G-SYNC is also compatible with 4K resolutions? It is, and we hope some manufacturers will make a 30-inch+ 4K display with this new NVIDIA technology on board. If they do, you can take our money right now.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

nvidia Shield @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Dec 26 2013 | 4:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This past year at CES Nvidia introduced a new mobile product called the Shield. At the time, even after having a little time to play with it on the show floor, you could say I wasn’t exactly excited about it. The idea of gaming on a tablet was starting to win me over but I just couldn’t imagine trying to carry around something so bulky. This past spring and summer I spent even more time gaming on my tablets, especially the Nexus 7. Emulators and an ever growing collection of games started to win me over. Add in Nvidia’s changes to their drivers and the possibility of being able to stream PC gaming to the Shield and by the time it launched I had been converted into a full on fan of the device. Now nearly a year after its introduction I can finally sit down and talk about my experience with the Shield. Did it live up to my expectations? Read on time find out.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

AMD Catalyst 2013 Linux Graphics Driver Year-In-Review
     Wed, Dec 25 2013 | 9:39A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After earlier this month delivering the 2013 NVIDIA Linux Year-In-Review, an annual article I`ve been writing for both AMD and NVIDIA since 2005 to cover the Linux driver and support improvements made each passing year, it`s now time to take a look at the Catalyst Linux driver releases from 2013. While NVIDIA added many new features to their Linux driver, enhanced many existing features, and continued delivering first-rate Linux GPU support at launch-time, it`s not been the same for AMD`s Linux team."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Futuremark 3DMark v1.2.250 Released
     Sat, Dec 21 2013 | 9:12A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from smartphones and tablets, to notebooks and home PCs, to the latest high-end, multi-GPU gaming desktops. And it`s not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android, iOS, Windows RT devices too. It`s the most powerful and flexible benchmark Futuremark ever created. * Added Ice Storm Unlimited test enabling you to compare scores against latest Android and iOS devices. * 3DMark now uses the GPU-Z library for improved GPU hardware detection. * Hardware monitoring performance graphs show clock speeds and temperatures for CPU and GPU once again. Download"
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Works On Some GeForce 700 GPUs Fails On Others
     Fri, Dec 13 2013 | 11:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With being in the process of checking out several new NVIDIA GeForce 700 GPUs on Linux, now that I have out of the way the GeForce GTX 760 / 770 / 780 Ti / TITAN Linux benchmarks and Windows vs. Linux NVIDIA benchmarks, I decided to see how these four Kepler graphics cards are working with Nouveau, the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver that`s written through clean-room reverse-engineering. Up until recently Nouveau has just been an open-source community project, except now NVIDIA is beginning to support Nouveau and open-source, so let`s see how it runs on this latest high-end graphics hardware."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD APU On Linux: Gallium3D Can Be 80%+ As Fast As Catalyst
     Sat, Nov 30 2013 | 3:59P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After running earlier this week a 21-way graphics card comparison with Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA GPUs, there were requests by some Phoronix readers to see some new APU performance numbers. For ending out November, here`s new Catalyst vs. Gallium3D driver benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux for the AMD A10-6800K with its Radeon HD 8670D graphics. The results with the latest Linux kernel and Mesa are very positive towards the open-source AMD driver where in some tests the performance can nearly match Catalyst! For at least one Source Engine game, the open-source driver can now even run significantly faster than the binary driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison
     Wed, Nov 20 2013 | 3:29P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve's Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

 
13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

13-Way AMD GPU Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison On The Source Engine
     Tue, Nov 19 2013 | 3:07P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve`s Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD`s open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Lands Open-Source Hawaii GPU Driver Code
     Sun, Nov 10 2013 | 4:19P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Linux 3.13 kernel that is just entering mainline development stages already has Radeon DPM and HDMI audio by default. However, now there`s another Radeon DRM-Next pull and it provides support for the brand new AMD R9 290 Hawaii GPUs!"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMDs Radeon Gallium3D Starts Posing A Threat To Catalyst
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 10:58A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With recent milestones like the Radeon performance improvements in Linux 3.12 that come as a side-effect from a CPUfreq change, Radeon DPM, and the improvements found by the upcoming Mesa 10.0 release, and numerous other open-source driver improvements, the AMD`s Radeon Gallium3D performance is very competitive to AMD`s Catalyst driver. This close level of performance is for the R600 Gallium3D driver with GPUs like the Radeon HD 5000/6000 series graphics cards. Here`s some benchmarks showing how the open-source AMD Radeon performance compares today to the closed-source Catalyst driver on Windows and Ubuntu Linux. In some of today`s new data, the open-source driver was running 80%+ the speed of AMD`s Catalyst driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

A Closer Look at AMDs Mantle API @ Hardware Canucks
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 3:45P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is it possible to make developing for the PC easier?  That`s the question AMD`s Mantle hopes to answer.  In this article we take a quick look at the technology and its possible far-reaching implications."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

11 nVidia graphics cards tested with latest 331.40 Beta drivers @ Ocaholic
     Tue, Oct 15 2013 | 3:45P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gearing up for the upcoming AMD launch we have updated our system and rebenched eleven nVidia graphics cards with the latest 331.40 Beta drivers. Since games as well as the operating system have been updated, results aren`t comparable with previously released articles."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

nVidia Driver Charts - 327.23 WHQL Tested @ Ocaholic
     Sat, Oct 12 2013 | 1:17P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For manufacturers of graphics cards, it`s not only important to have a highly complex chip, their actual drivers need to be optimized to the last bit. Therefore it`s a small wonder that GPU manufacturers release lots of driver updates during the year, making sure, there are no compatbility issues as well as increasing performance. In theses charts we tested 17 different drivers, and we will keep adding newer versions in future."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AMD Driver Charts - 13.10 Beta Tested @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Oct 03 2013 | 9:42A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For manufacturers of graphics cards, it`s not only important to have a highly complex chip, their actual drivers need to be optimized to the last bit. Therefore it`s a small wonder that GPU manufacturers release lots of driver updates during the year, making sure, there are no compatbility issues as well as increasing performance. In theses charts we tested 19 different drivers, and we will keep adding newer versions in future."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Intel Iris Pro Linux Performance Doubles With Driver Upgrades
     Sun, Sep 22 2013 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week I ran a System76 Galago UltraPro Preview with some benchmark results and a special article looking at the Intel Iris Pro 5200, the Haswell graphics cores with 128MB of dedicated video memory stacked onto the die itself. Those tests were done remotely but now with having a System76 Galago UltraPro ultrabook review sample in the labs, here are some fresh tests looking at the very latest state of Haswell Iris Pro graphics under Linux. The benchmarks cover the state of Ubuntu 13.04 going through the latest open-source Linux graphics driver code with the yet-to-be-released Mesa 9.3 and the Linux 3.12 kernel."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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