NVIDIA still holds the OpenGL crown on Linux; AMD is getting better though

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2014 - 02:58 PM |
Tagged: opengl, linux, amd, nvidia

If you are a Linux user who prefers to use OpenGL graphics there is still a huge benefit to choosing NVIDIA over AMD.  The tests Phoronix just completed show that the GTX680, 770 and 780 all perform significantly faster than the R9 290 with even the older GTX 550 Ti and 650 GPUs outperforming AMD's best in some benchmarks.  That said AMD is making important improvements to their open source drivers as that is where they are lagging behind NVIDIA.  The new RadeonSI Gallium3D for the HD7000 series shows significant performance improvements when paired with the new 3.13 kernel though still falling a bit behind the Catalyst driver they are now much closer to the performance of the proprietary driver.  For older cards the performance increase is nowhere near as impressive but some certain benchmarks do show this Gallium3D driver to provide at least some improvements.  Pity the Source engine isn't behaving properly during benchmarks which is why no tests were run on Valve's games but that should be solved in the near future.

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Source: Phoronix
January 23, 2014 | 03:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nvidia's Tegra K1 (ARM refrence, as well as Custom denver ARM ISA based version) will be using the Full desktop versions of openGL, etc., on these K1 based offerings. I hope to see some full Linux distro based Tablets built around the K1, appear on the market, or some K1 based android tablets, that can be side loaded with a full linux distro. The ability to run some full desktop linux based graphics programs Gimp, Blender(?)[mesh modeling at least], Inkscape and others, on a tablet, would be my only motivation to own a tablet. Android is good for the content consumption side of mobile devices, but a full linux distro based tablet, running the graphics software that I use, would be a much more affordable solution than the more expensive windows based tablets.

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