Linux 3.5 Can Massively Boost AMD Radeon Graphics
Phoronix: Linux 3.5 Can Massively Boost AMD Radeon Graphics
The Linux 3.5 kernel is capable of delivering some massive performance gains for some of the more recent generations of ATI/AMD Radeon graphics processors. Here's some benchmarks showing the hefty performance gains found when using the latest kernel that is still being developed.
That's impressive. Here I thought that only small improvements are left to gain, but no! I am happy for this development. Keep up the good work, guys. I also hope for open drivers to follow the path of workstation quality drivers. I mean "no lossy optimizations".
All the bad news about AMD Radeons, and now comes the strawberries and cream.
I've always purchased Radeons, but I sometimes play Everquest and the graphics messes up with this line of gfx cards. I was thinking of going Nvidia for a season. What will sway me is the price of the GFX660 and AMD's public relations and driver quality. I will be upgrading when GFX660 comes out and it will vs the HD7870 or possibly the HD7950 if the prices have shifted. Looking to spend about $280-350AUD.
Forgot to say...
Finally the work pays off for Linux, with the last few years seeing massive changes in GFX rendering direction. It can only get better!
Thanks to all the coders !!!
With all the talk about Diablo3, I pulled out my NWN1 CDs and installed it as wine version because I couldn't get the Linux installer to work (uses OpenGL 1.2 ). Works fine on my NI radeon.
Now I am addicted again and in love with Aribeth de Tylmarande...
Really impressive stuff . Even more if on all those tests the "tweaks" were disabled. Congrats to the developers.
Last edited by 123_qwe; 06-07-2012 at 10:27 AM.
Using catalyst, I presume?
Originally Posted by disi
See to believe
Well, in opposition to the hype I've seen in the article, I'll take a more "conservative" approach: when 3.5 stable arrives, I'll give a new try to the FOSS ATI drivers (I went back to catalyst because of VAAPI and proper PM). From what I've seen, we'll have better 3D performance from now on (but does that apply to r600/r700 cards? I didn't see any card of that generation tested in the article...).
Furthermore, I'm also expecting that the "default" profile will stop using always the maximum frequency of the GPU, because that kills the GPU lifetime. (Nouveau does the opposite, btw...)
Finally, in the medium/long run, It'd be nice to have H.264 VDPAU/VAAPI/UVD acceleration. That wold be nice for those who still have weak CPUs (e.g. AMD E-350/Low-End Llanos/Nehalmen Core2Duos).
That's a fucking stupid thing, my HD5870 is in OpenCL full load 24/7. Maybe it will die in 15 years instead of 20, but who cares? Peoples keep saying the same thing for the cpu too, I have an old P4 overclocked since 12 years which I still use daily.
Originally Posted by evolution
The "default" profile uses the settings marked as "default" in the VBIOS. Some cards have high default settings in the VBIOS, others have low default settings.
Originally Posted by evolution