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Graphics: RADV, AMD, Radeon, Wayland

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More Benchmarks Showing How Gallium3D With RX Vega Smacks AMDGPU-PRO's OpenGL Proprietary Driver

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Of the many interesting findings from this morning's AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 / 64 Linux review was how the open-source AMDGPU+RadeonSI driver stack with OpenGL actually outperforms AMDGPU-PRO driver, the hybrid Radeon Linux driver relying upon AMD's closed-source OpenGL driver that's also shared with the Windows OpenGL driver. Here are more benchmarks of the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 showing the margins by which AMDGPU+RadeonSI can outperform AMDGPU-PRO.

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Graphics: AMD/Radeon, Vega, RADV, Vulkan

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Graphics: Vulkan-CPU, Radeon RX Vega, and Mesa 17.2 Release Candidate 4

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  • Vulkan-CPU Begins Working On The Graphics Pipeline
  • The Radeon RX Vega Makes A Nod To Linux

    This week I ended up receiving the Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64 from AMD. While the embargo on performance figures for the Radeon RX Vega series doesn't expire until Monday, the embargo expires this morning for "unboxing" these consumer Vega cards. I don't quite get those interested in the unboxing hype, but the Radeon RX Vega 64 box did get me smiling (aside from the card itself) for a small gesture.

  • How To Setup Your Linux System For The Radeon RX Vega

    Yesterday the embargo expired on showing you the Radeon RX Vega hardware, both the Vega 56 and Vega 64. While the embargo for sharing reviews and performance benchmarks for the Radeon RX Vega doesn't expire until tomorrow (Monday) when the hardware will become available, today I am providing a brief how-to guide for setting up both drivers (AMDGPU+RadeonSI and AMDGPU-PRO) for the RX Vega 56 / 64. So if you are hoping to buy a Radeon RX Vega tomorrow when they become available, this is what you can do today for getting your system(s) ready.

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  • Mesa 17.2 Release Candidate 4 Arrives For Testing

    The fourth weekly release candidate of Mesa 17.2 is now available for testing.

    Emil Velikov announced 17.2-RC4 a few minutes ago and it consists of just under two dozen fixes. Many of the fixes pertain to the RADV Radeon Vulkan driver but there are also some EGL fixes, Intel ISL fixes, and other minor updates.

Linux and Graphics: blk-mq, Wayland, and Benchmarks

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  • Linux's Multi-Queue Block Code Still Presenting Some Performance Regressions

    For those thinking of switching to the new multi-queue block layer, a.k.a. blk-mq, be forewarned that there are still some regressions outstanding.

    Long story short, if moving to the multi-queue block layer there are throughput and latency problems still outstanding, which can come up with any of the blk-mq I/O schedulers and many of the commonly used file-systems.

  • Sway Is Taking Flight As A Featureful i3-Compatible Wayland Compositor

    For those that haven't been following the development of Sway, it's an i3-compatible Wayland compositor that works with existing i3 configuration files and continues supporting the latest Wayland functionality.

  • Some More Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Linux ROCm OpenCL Benchmarks

    A Phoronix reader allowed me to access his Radeon Vega Frontier Edition system when checking on the ROCm OpenCL benchmark and uploaded the data to

    The box I had remote access to had the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition accelerator with AMD Ryzen 5 1600 + Gigabyte AB350M-D3H motherboard, 12GB RAM, and Samsung 960 EVO SSD. The system was using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64 and was using ROCm 1.6 with its 4.11-compute-rocm-rel kernel.

Graphics: NVIDIA and AMD

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Graphics: AMD, NVIDIA, and Comparisons

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Benchmarks: Intel Core i7 7820X, Ethereum Ethminer Performance

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  • Intel Core i7 7820X Linux Benchmarks

    While the June launch of Intel's X-Series processors took the attention with the top-end Core i9 7900X Skylake-X and Core i7 7740X Kabylake-X processors, coming in several hundred dollars less than the i9-7900X is the i7-7820X, which still packs a very hard punch. We have now received a Core i7 7820X for Linux testing at Phoronix and are beginning with a round of benchmarks on Ubuntu.

  • Ethereum Ethminer Performance With Radeon & GeForce OpenCL - August 2017

    Here are my latest Ethereum Ethminer benchmarks for those interested in mining this cryptocurrency using OpenCL on AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

    These are my latest Ethereum mining benchmarks that just finished up this morning. Radeon tests were done using the latest ROCm binaries on Ubuntu 16.04. The Radeon cards tested were the R9 290, RX 480, RX 560, RX 580, and R9 Fury. Yes, there will be Ethereum benchmarks on the Radeon RX Vega on launch day when that time comes. On the NVIDIA side was their 384.59 driver on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the GeForce GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 1050, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti.

Graphics: Wayland 1.14 & Weston 3.0 Released and More

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16-Way NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Comparison - August 2017

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Last week were the benchmark results showing how the open-source Radeon Linux driver is becoming increasingly competitive with NVIDIA's driver and is very competitive OpenGL-wise with the Radeon Software Windows driver. Here are some more NVIDIA and Radeon benchmarks today under Linux with each vendor's latest drivers using sixteen different graphics cards.

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