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NVIDIA vs. AMD OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmarks With Valve's Dota 2

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Yesterday marked the public availability of Dota 2 with a Vulkan renderer after Valve had been showing it off for months. This is the second commercial Linux game (after The Talos Principle) to sport a Vulkan renderer and thus we were quite excited to see how this Dota 2 Vulkan DLC is performing for both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards. Here are our initial Dota 2 benchmarks with Vulkan as well as OpenGL for reference when using the latest Linux graphics drivers on Ubuntu.

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AMDGPU-PRO Beta 2 vs. Mesa 11.3 + Linux 4.6: Very Competitive For Linux Gamers

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Following last week's AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 "Beta 2" driver release of AMD's new hybrid driver stack for Linux that makes use of the AMDGPU open-source kernel DRM driver with the closed-source OpenGL driver derived from Catalyst / Radeon Software, I set out to do a fresh open vs. closed-source driver comparison. For the Radeon R9 285, R9 290, and R9 Fury, I compared the performance of this new AMDGPU-PRO driver against Mesa 11.3-devel Git and Linux 4.6 for the latest open-source driver stack.

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Phoronix on Graphics

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AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL vs. NVIDIA 364 Compute Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux

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Coming up in a short while I have some fresh AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 (the fresh -PRO "hybrid" driver release) for OpenGL graphics performance while here are some quick OpenCL compute metrics.

I tested this new AMDGPU-PRO driver on the GCN 1.2-based Radeon R9 285 (Tonga) and R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics cards and it also worked out fine for the GCN 1.1-based Radeon R9 290. All the tests were done on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the Linux 4.4 kernel. I compared these latest AMD results to the NVIDIA 364.19 results I did from some recent benchmarks on Phoronix.

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Kernel Space/Linux and Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project

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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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