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Games On AMD FOSS Drivers 2

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Hey people, got a really nice graph to show off today. On a follow up from my last article, loads more work has been done to Mesa and the Radeon driver, and the speed improvement from 10.0.3 to 10.2 is phenomenal.

Before we begin here are the benchmark conditions:

What the benchmark can't help you with:

  • Showing a great detail on how each card has improved.
  • Comparing between FGLRX (proprietary) and Radeon (FOSS).
  • Performance in extremely high intensive tasks beyond gaming.

What this benchmark can help you with:

  • Showing in good detail how performance has been increased in mesa as a whole.
  • What driver you should choose on your next update.
  • The general trend in progress, and how the acceleration of development has increased.

So with that out of the way, lets examine the results.

These results are taken from the same demo files and settings with only the kernel version and mesa version being changed. You can also see the addition of Unigine Valley which did not actually run on the 10.0 drivers which is a big step up in itself. The other games ran from 46% increases all the way to 462% which I am pretty sure must be a bug in Portal or something because I did not believe my eyes even after running repeated tests :) .

The majority of the source games ran with 2xAA so there is an increase to be seen there when it used to limit the games quite a bit but now it seems its no longer an issue as although not benchmarked here, I can comfortably run each game at a minimum of 40fps now. From these results, its no wonder that AMD wants to drop its catalyst driver for FOSS principles when you see results like this that catalyst just isn't getting on it's own.

As with all Linux projects, 10.3 is already in full swing and will be benchmarked as soon as the arch repository's update with it. For those of you that want the action now need to make sure your kernel is as up to date as your distro can be while still being stable and some distributions have third party providers to newer mesa versions. Arch and its derivatives can download the latest mesa from its repositories along with the latest 3.15 kernel.

In my own opinion we are accelerating at such a speed with these drivers, especially with the news that valve are now supporting its development.

If you would like to see the results, demo files for your own benchmarks, or the system specifications then visit this Google Docs page. Article taken from
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Faugn 10 June 2014 at 6:11 pm UTC
Something is wrong with your "results" image.
Liam Dawe 10 June 2014 at 6:12 pm UTC
Article updated for half-shot with an image of the chart.
Purple Library Guy 10 June 2014 at 6:15 pm UTC
Pretty deuced awesome.
NothingMuchHereToSay 10 June 2014 at 6:20 pm UTC
FutureSuture 10 June 2014 at 6:30 pm UTC
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Look at that bar chart, hot damn. Things are looking up for AMD's open source driver.
kalin 10 June 2014 at 6:31 pm UTC
My next video will be amd
FutureSuture 10 June 2014 at 6:35 pm UTC
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kalinMy next video will be amd
So will mine when I purchase a new GPU in about 1 month.
Fira 10 June 2014 at 6:50 pm UTC
FutureSuturekalinMy next video will be amd So will mine when I purchase a new GPU in about 1 month.

Be careful, still...
Pankake 10 June 2014 at 6:56 pm UTC
Let's hope Steam Machines use those drivers.
Kyle 10 June 2014 at 7:20 pm UTC
This is probably a really basic question, but is Mesa the graphics driver that ships with Ubuntu & Linux Mint? Or is it completely different? I usually use the Catalyst from AMD, but have never really experimented with open source drivers. Thanks!
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