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Low-End NVIDIA/AMD GPU Comparison On Open-Source Drivers
     Wed, Mar 13 2013 | 10:20A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those looking to purchase a low or mid-range graphics card for use with the open-source graphics drivers -- rather than being bound by NVIDIA`s proprietary driver or AMD`s Catalyst -- here`s a comparison of nine different discrete graphics cards when benchmarked by the open-source drivers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Radeon Gallium3D Starting To Out-Run Catalyst In Some Cases
     Thu, Feb 14 2013 | 9:04A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article are benchmarks of the past two Ubuntu Long-Term Support releases (Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS) compared to the latest Ubuntu 13.04 development state. Being looked at specifically for this round of testing is the AMD Radeon Linux graphics performance with the latest open-source driver compared to an older Catalyst driver. For an AMD Radeon HD 4800 series graphics card, the current state of the open-source graphics driver on Linux is beginning to outperform an old AMD Catalyst driver from 2010 for select Linux OpenGL games."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Has Open-Source Driver For HD 8000 Series
     Wed, Feb 06 2013 | 7:55P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While AMD has yet to officially introduce their Radeon HD 8000 series, published today was the initial open-source Linux graphics driver support for handling the Radeon HD 8800 Oland graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

The TR Podcast 128: Rough surfaces and a change for Catalyst
     Mon, Feb 04 2013 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tune in as we opine on the post-PC world, update you on Scott`s frame latency crusade, and discuss the future of PC game streaming."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

News: A driver update to reduce Radeon frame times
     Wed, Jan 23 2013 | 1:17A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We spotted an issue with high frame latencies in several of the latest games on the Radeon HD 7950 not long ago, and now AMD has delivered a driver intended to remedy some of the problems. Does it do the trick? We take a look."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

News: Driver software blamed for Radeon frame latency troubles; to be fixed with updates
     Sun, Jan 13 2013 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently found that the GeForce GTX 660 Ti generally outperforms the Radeon HD 7950 in our latency-focused tests in many of the latest games, despite the fact that the Radeon is based on decidedly beefier hardware. We concluded that AMD has work to do in optimizing its drivers for the latest games. Now comes confirmation from AMD that software is to blame for some of the latency issues, along with word of planned fixes, including a rewrite of the GCN memory management software. "
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Nouveau Driver Remains Much Slower Than NVIDIAs Official Driver
     Tue, Jan 08 2013 | 9:29A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While benchmarks this week have shown the Nouveau driver can be faster with the Linux 3.8 kernel, further benchmarks have shown that this reverse-engineered open-source driver for supporting the spectrum of NVIDIA GPUs is still at a significant loss compared to NVIDIA`s official but proprietary Linux graphics driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

 
Nouveau NVIDIA Driver Can Be Faster With Linux 3.8
     Wed, Jan 02 2013 | 11:48A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Published already on Phoronix have been benchmarks of the in-development Linux 3.8 kernel when it comes to measuring the DRM graphics driver performance improvements for AMD Radeon hardware. In this article is a look at the Nouveau driver performance, the reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA graphics driver. There`s a fair amount of changes to look forward to in the next Linux kernel release for Nouveau and it`s yielding some performance improvements."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

NVIDIA 2012 Linux Graphics Driver Year-In-Review
     Sat, Dec 29 2012 | 9:47A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After yesterday publishing the 2012 AMD Catalyst Driver Year-In-Review, here is the recap of the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver progress made in 2012."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD 2012 Catalyst Driver Year-In-Review
     Fri, Dec 28 2012 | 5:47A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past seven years I have been writing annual year-in-review articles for the AMD and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers. Much progress has been made in recent years for bettering the OpenGL Linux support from these leading closed-source graphics drivers and this year is no exception. Up today is a recap of this year`s AMD Catalyst graphics driver releases plus benchmarks of this year`s driver releases going back to Catalyst 11.12."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

NVIDIA Publishes Open-Source 2D Driver Code
     Mon, Dec 03 2012 | 11:13A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA has published initial patches for providing open-source 2D hardware acceleration support on their NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 SoCs. This work is based upon the experimental open-source Direct Rendering Manager driver to be merged into the Linux 3.8 kernel."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 - HD 7970 Gaming Performance @ ocaholic
     Thu, Nov 29 2012 | 8:50A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Once more AMD has released a new driver update. This time they say they have taken care of the issue we discovered, which is related to power consumption under idle conditions. Of course we have been checking if they succeeded in getting rid of these problems and we were also checking if there are any performance differences or maybe even glitches or big improvements."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AMD Catalyst vs. Open-Source Gallium3D Driver Performance
     Tue, Nov 27 2012 | 11:54A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article is a large OpenGL performance comparison looking at the frame-rates in different Linux games for different AMD Radeon Linux graphics cards when running the stock Ubuntu 12.10 operating system (Mesa 9.0 + Linux 3.5), the Catalyst Linux driver (fglrx 9.0.2) as found in the Ubuntu Quantal archive, and then when running the very latest Radeon Git code: The Linux 3.7 kernel, Mesa 9.1-devel, and xf86-video-ati 7.0.99 Git."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMDs New Catalyst Linux Driver Isnt Too Good
     Thu, Nov 22 2012 | 9:57A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week marked the release of a new AMD Catalyst Linux driver beta that was intended to improve the AMD Radeon OpenGL performance. AMD said this updated closed-source Linux graphics driver would bring significant performance improvements for Valve`s recently ported Left 4 Dead 2 Linux game. Curious about AMD Linux OpenGL performance improvements elsewhere, I ran some benchmarks of this new driver on several different graphics cards. Unfortunately, the performance improvements aren`t too widespread and there`s other problems making this beta driver not appealing."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Fall 2012 GPU and Driver Comparison Roundup
     Wed, Nov 21 2012 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the recent release of new beta drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA, and the upping of clocks by AMD, significant performance gains have been claimed by both parties for current generation video cards. We will investigate with a 6-way roundup comparison to see if we can crown a champion.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Clock-For-Clock Nouveau Can Compete With NVIDIAs Driver
     Tue, Nov 06 2012 | 5:15P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Similar to last week`s testing of comparing the open-source vs. closed-source Radeon Linux driver performance from a stock Ubuntu 12.10 installation, the tables have now been turned to look at NVIDIA hardware on this latest Ubuntu Linux release. Benchmarks were done of the stock Nouveau open-source graphics driver, the official NVIDIA proprietary driver, and the proprietary driver when it was underclocked to match the clock frequencies as used by the reverse-engineered Nouveau driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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