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Radeon Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3 vs. NVIDIA Linux Performance & Perf-Per-Watt

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For this round of testing I was using the very latest open-source AMD support: the Linux 4.6 kernel and Mesa 11.3-devel from this week. The Mesa 11.3-dev deployment was via the Padoka PPA atop Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64. The DDX drivers were also up to date for the testing process via the Padoka archive. The rest of the Ubuntu 16.04 stack with Unity 7.4, X.Org Server 1.18.3, GCC 5.3.1, etc, were maintained the same as last week's NVIDIA GeForce test results done using the 364.19 proprietary driver. The same test system was obviously used with the Xeon E3-1280 v5 Skylake CPU, MSI C236A Workstation motherboard, 16GB of DDR4-2133 EUDIMM memory, and 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD.

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Power & Performance Tests With Fedora 24 Beta, Linux 4.6 Kernel

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For those that have been requesting some fresh benchmarks looking at the system power consumption / efficiency of modern Linux distributions/kernels and how they're working out for laptops/ultrabooks, here are some fresh benchmarks on two Intel devices when comparing Fedora 23 to Fedora 24 Beta and also testing out the power performance with the Linux 4.6 kernel.

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Kernel Space: Graphics

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

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  • The AMDGPU Additions For Linux 4.7 Are Enormous

    More AMDGPU DRM driver changes have been queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window that's expected to open next week.

    Last week was when AMD's Alex Deucher aligned the first PR of Radeon/AMDGPU updates for Linux 4.7. That pull request from last week has yet to be honored in DRM-Next, but will represent one of the biggest deltas of all the kernel driver updates for Linux 4.7. That pull request adds in around 60,000 lines of code and it still doesn't add the big DAL display abstraction layer.

  • The List Of Intel DRM Changes For Linux 4.7

    Intel's Daniel Vetter has put out a concise overview of their DRM graphics driver changes queued up for the Linux 4.7 kernel.

  • DRI3 Is Now Flipped On For xf86-video-ati X.Org Driver

    There's a follow-up to yesterday's story about AMD To Enable DRI3 By Default On Latest X.Org Servers.

  • Patches Posted For Supporting DRI3 With VA-API & VDPAU

    With perfect timing now that the Radeon DDX enables DRI3 by default, Leo Liu of AMD has posted patches for implementing DRI3 support within the VA-API and VDPAU Gallium3D components.

  • H.264 Encoding On Skylake Gets A Big Performance Boost

    Patches have emerged for being able to take advantage of Intel's low-power/high-performance H.264 encoder on Linux via VA-API.

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