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AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Driver Brings Mantle Support Frame Pacing Phase 2 HSA
     Fri, Jan 31 2014 | 11:10A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The potential for Mantle is still there and some of the impressive numbers that AMD is quoting with 40% performance improvements will at least keep me interested until the company can get the project wrapped up with bow on it for consumers. I WANT to believe in what AMD is showing us and I WANT it to succeed because I think PC gaming deserves a chance to showcase its capability and advantages over consoles. It is pretty obvious as this point that AMD should likely have waited a bit longer and worked a bit more with DICE to get Mantle ready."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

The Linux 3.13 Kernel Is A Must-Have For AMD RadeonSI Users
     Wed, Jan 29 2014 | 3:26P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Linux 3.13 kernel that will be released in the very near future is very worth the upgrade if you are a RadeonSI user -- in particular, the Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer on the Gallium3D Linux graphics driver -- but other open-source graphics driver users as well may also see nice improvements in the new kernel release. Here`s some benchmarks showing off the gains found with the Linux 3.13 kernel for Radeon HD and R9 graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AVerMedia Game Capture HD 2 Video Review @ Hardwareheaven.com
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 9:06A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the Game Capture HD II from AVerMedia, just the thing for budding YouTubers."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

AMD Radeon Gallium3D Catches Up To Catalyst For Some Linux Games
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 12:34P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday I ran the latest RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst AMD Linux driver comparison, effectively another round of open-source vs. closed-source GPU driver testing. In yesterday`s article it was found the RadeonSI performance is improving a lot but the AMD Catalyst Linux driver remains much faster. In this article are benchmarks of the older R600 Radeon Gallium3D driver compared to the Catalyst driver with graphics cards from the Radeon HD 6000 series and older where the open-source R600g driver provides support and in a more mature state."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Kaveri: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
     Thu, Jan 23 2014 | 9:06A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now having looked at the Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance, carried out an initial GPU comparison, and compared several Intel/AMD processors, our latest performance investigation with AMD`s A10-7850K Kaveri APU is looking at the Radeon R7 Graphics performance on Ubuntu Linux when using the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and then using the closed-source AMD Catalyst driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

RadeonSI Gallium3D Is Improving But Still Long Shot From Catalyst
     Wed, Jan 22 2014 | 3:26P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While NVIDIA`s binary driver is much faster and better than AMD`s Catalyst, on the open-source driver side is where AMD has been shining. While their RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer is not nearly as well off as their pre-HD 7000 series (R600g) Gallium3D driver, they are making progress. In this article are benchmarks showing the out of the box performance on Ubuntu 13.10 with the modern open-source driver, benchmarks with the latest kernel and Mesa and LLVM, and then the AMD Catalyst driver. A range of modern Radeon HD 7000 and R9 graphics processors were used for this open-source versus closed-source driver testing."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Catalyst 13.12 WHQL tested @ ocaholic
     Wed, Jan 15 2014 | 4:17P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Once more AMD has updated their Catalyst drivers and like always performance should be higher with the latest set. We`ve had a closer look at this driver version and ran a set of benchmarks and games on no less than 10 different AMD graphics cards, where there are models from the R9, HD 7000 and HD 6000 Series. Last but not least there are some rather surprising findings."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

 
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

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