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AMDGPU/RadeonSI Linux 4.10 + Mesa 17.1-dev vs. NVIDIA 378.09 Performance

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For those curious about the latest Linux gaming performance numbers for the latest Linux 4.10 Git kernel plus Mesa 17.1-devel on Git master for Radeon GPUs compared to the latest NVIDIA Linux driver release (378.09 beta), here are some fresh benchmarks. A range of OpenGL and Vulkan performance tests showing the latest NVIDIA and AMD Linux graphics performance with the newest drivers as of this week.

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AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 Linux Driver Finally Adds AMD Radeon HD 7xxx/8xxx Support

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AMD quietly unveiled today a new release of its proprietary AMDGPU-PRO graphics driver for Linux-based operating systems, version 16.60, introducing support for older AMD Radeon GPUs from the GNC 1.0 / Southern Islands family.

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Graphics News and Benchmarks

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  • Intel Sends In Final Batch Of DRM Features For Linux 4.11: DP MST Audio, HuC Firmware

    Daniel Vetter, the i915 DRM kernel maintainer from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, has announced their final set of feature changes to be queued in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.11 kernel.

    Going back to the end of 2016 they had already been staging their DRM / graphics changes for Linux 4.11. They've sent in several series of updates and the code sent out today is believed to be their last feature work they are looking to merge for this next kernel cycle.

  • Mesa 12.0 Gets an Extra Release, Mesa 17.0.0 and 13.0.4 Receive New RC Builds

    Collabora's Emil Velikov has announced today the availability of three Mesa builds, one stable for the Mesa 12.0 series, and two development releases for the upcoming Mesa 17 branch, as well as the fourth maintenance update to Mesa 13.

    We'll start with Mesa 12.0.6, which appears to be an extra, but also the last point release to the 12.0 stable branch, patching a CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) issue that could lead to lockups of the graphics processing unit (GPU), as well as other unforeseen performance of the Gallium graphics drivers.

  • Linux Memory Performance With Intel Kabylake From DDR4-1600 To DDR4-3333MHz

    For those that may be thinking about picking up an Intel Kabylake processor and trying to justify if DDR4-2400 memory is worthwhile for your budget, or even faster DDR4 memory via XMP profiles / overclocking, here are some tests using a Kabylake CPU and testing DDR4 memory at frequencies from 1600MHz up to 3333MHz.

AMDGPU-PRO vs. NVIDIA OpenCL Performance With ArrayFire Using 18 GPUs

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With now being able to benchmark ArrayFire via the Phoronix Test Suite, I've been having fun running a number of OpenCL graphics card tests with the 300+ available AF tests. The tests over the past week have been using the NVIDIA Linux driver while here are our first Radeon benchmark results using the AMDGPU-PRO driver stack.

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Portal 2 Fix and Linux Gaming Benchmarks

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Gaming
  • Portal 2 has been patched to fix broken textures

    For quite some time Portal 2 [Steam] had broken textures on Linux and Windows. I reported the issue to Valve in April 2016 and they have now finally fixed it.

  • Core i3 vs. Core i5 Performance Impact On OpenGL/Vulkan Linux Gaming

    For a while now there have been some requests to post GPU benchmarks from some modern low-end and higher-end CPUs while testing different graphics cards, particularly to see the impact of the Vulkan API. With all the recent Kabylake testing, I've run some open-source AMD graphics tests using a Core i3 7100 and Core i5 7600K for those that may be weighing CPU options for a Linux gaming system upgrade.

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  • Timothy Arceri To Tackle RadeonSI OpenGL Shader Caching

    Timothy Arceri of Collabora is close to finally merging the massive OpenGL on-disk shader cache. A majority of that work is for common Mesa but for the initial work it's just been wired into Intel's i965 Mesa driver. But, fortunately, this Collabora developer is planning to wire up the GLSL shader cache for benefiting the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

  • Intel's Mesa Vulkan Driver Now Supports VK_KHR_maintenance1
  • Khronos Open-Sources OpenGL / OpenGL ES Conformance Tests

    The OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Test Suites (GL CTS) from The Khronos Group have finally went the way of their Vulkan CTS... open-source!

    Just one day after shipping a significant update to Vulkan, The Khronos Group announced this morning their OpenGL and OpenGL ES Conformance Tests are now open-source. These are the test-cases for verifying OpenGL 4.4~4.5 implementations and OpenGL ES 3.0+.

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