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    Default The Open-Source Linux Graphics Card Showdown

    Phoronix: The Open-Source Linux Graphics Card Showdown

    Earlier this week I provided Intel Core i7 3770K Linux benchmarks for the Ivy Bridge launch-day followed by initial Ivy Bridge Linux HD 4000 graphics benchmarks compared to the Intel HD 2000/3000 Sandy Bridge graphics under Linux and to AMD Fusion on Catalyst and Gallium3D. In this article are more benchmarks of the HD 4000 Ivy Bridge graphics under Linux with Intel's open-source driver, but in this article it is a much larger comparison. This is a full showdown of the Core i7 3770K graphics compared to several discrete NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards when they're using their respective open-source Gallium3D drivers. What graphics hardware is best if you want to use an open-source GPU driver? Find out now.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=17299

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    Default Overall a pretty poor showing by the radeon drivers

    Hate to say it, but there's no way Ivy Bridge should be putting up comparable numbers.

    I wish there were 20 more developers working on optimizing it.

    I also wish there were a few more tests here with heavier shader usage - WINE, Unigine, etc. Ivy Bridge is limited by the shader power it has, so simple Quake 3 games don't tell us much.

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    Nice test, but I think it's near impossible to tell which curve corresponds to which graphics card in those graphs. The colors are way too similar.

    I didn't read all the text so maybe you mentioned it, but why only low and mid range cards? Would've been interesting to see some ATI HD 7870 or even 79x0 (or similar from previous generation) since it's games benchmarking

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    Quote Originally Posted by johanar View Post
    Nice test, but I think it's near impossible to tell which curve corresponds to which graphics card in those graphs. The colors are way too similar.

    I didn't read all the text so maybe you mentioned it, but why only low and mid range cards? Would've been interesting to see some ATI HD 7870 or even 79x0 (or similar from previous generation) since it's games benchmarking
    radeonsi is not ready, so 78X0 and 79X0 don't have a free open source driver to test.

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    Thanks for the test, just yesterday I was searching for those numbers intel vs. radeon vs. nouveau

    It's nice to see the radeon driver win in some of the tests (even though power consumption is no good).
    For me this looks like described in this comic:
    http://xkcd.com/644/
    at least I got the hardware already...

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    Finally some Doom 3 results and line graphs that don't require a ruler and a calculator to read! So why leave out the HD6550D?

    Will we ever see any closed source games being tested? How about Prey? IIRC it does have a demo mode.

    When you finally get an A10-5800K you'll need to test it against the i7-3770K A8-3870K and the i5-2500K else it's not really a fair test of the new generation and the generation it's replacing.

    Also invest in some good ram, overclocking tests on these CPU graphics systems would be very welcome.

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    Thanks, these are some good tests with the tweaked settings.

    I'll too echo the request for a re-test of the Llano with it's high power mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kivada View Post
    Finally some Doom 3 results and line graphs that don't require a ruler and a calculator to read! So why leave out the HD6550D?

    Will we ever see any closed source games being tested? How about Prey?
    the engine of prey is also opensource like doom3.. both games do have closed source game content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johanar View Post
    Nice test, but I think it's near impossible to tell which curve corresponds to which graphics card in those graphs. The colors are way too similar.
    Thank you i thought it was only me.
    There are so many colors so why only use shades of the same colors.
    Why not use distinct colors instead?
    Example: brown, black, red, orange, violet, blue, green, yellow, turquoise, pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nille_kungen View Post
    Thank you i thought it was only me.
    There are so many colors so why only use shades of the same colors.
    Why not use distinct colors instead?
    Example: brown, black, red, orange, violet, blue, green, yellow, turquoise, pink.
    I think he's already using turquoise, blue, and green.....

    Edit: also red, brown, and orange...
    Last edited by droidhacker; 04-27-2012 at 01:29 PM.

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