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    Default Intel Atom: NVIDIA ION vs. Radeon HD 4330 Graphics

    Phoronix: Intel Atom: NVIDIA ION vs. Radeon HD 4330 Graphics

    Last week we featured a review on two MSI WindBox Atom 330 NetTops that we had purchased to add to our testing farm, which as you may now know went into our Phoromatic Ubuntu Tracker setup that is monitoring the performance of the latest Ubuntu development packages on a daily basis. Before devoting this hardware to the farm, we ran a few benchmarks comparing the performance of NVIDIA's ION GeForce 9400M graphics processor to the ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics processor found on the MSI 6667BB-004US and several other Atom-powered devices.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14683

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    Comparing apples with peaches again?

    Proprietary driver vs. a free one which is still in development for R600+ on different boards (okay, the choice in boards was limited by HW indeed) with a limited number of tests.

    Useless.

    Compare xf86-video-nv with xf86-video-ati with that setup next time.


    OT: And still using ext4? Just because it is the default in that over-hyped Ubuntu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adarion View Post
    Comparing apples with peaches again?

    Proprietary driver vs. a free one which is still in development for R600+ on different boards (okay, the choice in boards was limited by HW indeed) with a limited number of tests.

    Useless.

    Compare xf86-video-nv with xf86-video-ati with that setup next time.


    OT: And still using ext4? Just because it is the default in that over-hyped Ubuntu?
    I think some people care more about maximizing their performance than they care about how it is done. With that said, there is no harm in including alternative drivers in the benchmarks for the people that insist that whether or not the drivers are open source takes precedence over the drivers' performance.

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    just for the the record.
    in windows benchmarks the 4330 ist 40% to 50% faster compared to the 9400 used in the ion platform

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    Thumbs down What's the purpose?

    In other news, water is wet and the sun is hot.

    Sorry, but I have to express my disappointment with this article -- it seems to be time wasted both from the part of Phoronix and any visitors that care to read it, and invites the question "why?"

    The title implied a comparison, but that was sadly not the case, since it is obvious that the proprietary Nvidia drivers have no competition at the moment, especially from the very young and pre-alpha stage AMD open-source ones. I was expecting either nvidia-blob vs. amd-blob or nouveau vs. ati-radeon, at the least (preferably BOTH) -- it would've offered an insight into what people can expect from the respective platforms on Linux.

    Furthermore, the reasons given for this weird comparison are quite superficial and basically amount to "didn't care enough" -- either driver can be made to work, even on Ubuntu, if there is time and will. If there is not, better spend the time on more useful endeavours, of which there are plenty...

    Just my thoughts on the article, don't take them personally -- hopefully a follow-up will make things right.

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    I would have been much more interested to have seen Nvidia blob vs fglrx blob vs Nouveau Gallium vs r600 mesa

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    I would have been much more interested to have seen Nvidia blob vs fglrx blob vs Nouveau Gallium vs r600 mesa
    This.

    Would have made the article much more interesting and relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    I would have been much more interested to have seen Nvidia blob vs fglrx blob vs Nouveau Gallium vs r600 mesa
    I second that.
    Nvidia blob against open source ATI, I can't say that it surprises me that Nvidia blob was faster and i knew that before i read this article.
    Feels like it's angeled to make ati look bad.
    Please, try to be impartial in tests and articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nille_kungen View Post
    I second that.
    Nvidia blob against open source ATI, I can't say that it surprises me that Nvidia blob was faster and i knew that before i read this article.
    Feels like it's angeled to make ati look bad.
    Please, try to be impartial in tests and articles.
    Nothing is angeled to make anyone look bad, besides making it difficult to test fglrx with the lack of an X Server 1.7 supported release that should be out by now. This was simply running a few tests with the available hardware at hand before the systems were thrown into the farm for the Ubuntu Tracker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nille_kungen View Post
    Feels like it's angeled to make ati look bad.
    Hey the truth hurts sometimes. Consider this a hard dose of reality when it comes to the price one pays for the sake of "free" drivers.

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