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AMD Driver Charts - 13.8 Beta Tested @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Aug 08 2013 | 12:45P | 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 16 different drivers, and we will keep adding newer versions in future."

Removing and Wiping Drivers Guide
     Sat, Jun 01 2013 | 8:21A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When you open Driver Fusion you will be greeted by the `Driver Inspection` page, which lists the different drivers you may want it to scan for. Just click on the items in the list in order to select them, and clicking on multiple items will select those multiple items. Pressing the `Analyze` button will have the program start searching for what remains of the drivers you told it to look for, and what it finds will be listed for you to inspect. It finds files, folders, and registry entries, each of which you can choose to leave on your computer by clicking the appropriate checkbox on the side of the list. It may be a good idea to check this list before pressing the `Delete` button because it may find something you do not want deleted, such as files that have been extracted for when you install new drivers. You can see I have unchecked the C:\NVIDIA directory in the screenshot, and I did so specifically for that reason."

Intel Linux OpenGL Driver Leading Over Apple OS X
     Tue, May 28 2013 | 12:35P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In revisiting the OpenGL graphics and gaming performance for an older Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge Apple system, the Ubuntu 13.04 performance with Intel`s open-source graphics driver is now easily surpassing Apple`s OpenGL driver found in OS X 10.8.3."

Gallium3D Continues Improving OpenGL For Older Radeon GPUs
     Mon, May 27 2013 | 2:09P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Curious to see how the performance of the open-source ATI/AMD Linux graphics driver is evolving for aging hardware, a new round of OpenGL benchmarks were carried out on the once-popular ATI Radeon HD 4870 RV770 graphics card. The performance was compared between the Mesa 7.11, 8.0, 9.0, 9.1, and 9.2-devel Git releases from an Ubuntu Linux system to see how the performance has changed for this driver in the past two years."

How to Install AMD Drivers Guide
     Fri, May 24 2013 | 1:57P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The installer should begin installing your software. At points, the installer may appear to freeze, but do not be too quick to assume so. Sometimes the installer will freeze for up to five minutes, depending on the speed of your system. The screen may also flash or go blank during the installation of display drivers. This is usual for the installer -- don`t worry, it hasn`t broken your computer, however you might have to rearrange the icons on your desktop afterwards."

Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Comparison Shows Shortcomings
     Thu, May 23 2013 | 4:27P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One week after delivering updated Radeon Gallium3D vs. AMD Catalyst benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux, we have to share this morning similar results for the open-source and reverse-engineered Nouveau Linux graphics driver compared to the proprietary NVIDIA Linux graphics driver. While the Nouveau driver has come a long way and does support the latest Fermi and Kepler GPUs, it`s not without its share of shortcomings. Eleven NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards were used in this latest Phoronix comparison."

Radeon Gallium3D Can Beat AMDs Catalyst In Select Workloads
     Fri, Mar 29 2013 | 9:19A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For seeing how far the open-source ATI/AMD Linux graphics driver has advanced, in this article are benchmarks from a vintage Radeon X1800XT (R520) graphics card when it`s tested on a Catalyst Linux graphics driver from five years ago. The Ubuntu Linux releases every year going back to 2010 were then tested for reference to see how the open-source graphics driver matured just in the past three years. Here are the results in this article from the extensive round of testing."

AMD Catalyst 13.3b2 vs 13.2b7 Driver Investigation @ Rage3D.com
     Wed, Mar 27 2013 | 3:50P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
*With the next AMD Catalyst beta driver upon us, we compare Futuremark 3DMark and Unigine Heaven and Valley results to see how the Catalyst 13.3 beta 2 driver compares to 13.2 beta 7 driver compares."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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. "

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."

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."

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