Mesa 8.1 Will Offer Some Speed Improvements For Nouveau
Phoronix: Mesa 8.1 Will Offer Some Speed Improvements For Nouveau
After last week sharing results for AMD Radeon R600g Gallium3D on Mesa 8.0 and 8.1-devel, here are benchmarks for several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards comparing the OpenGL Gallium3D performance with Nouveau on Mesa 8.0 stable and Mesa 8.1-devel.
I might be wrong but no matter doesn't include the NVIDIA blob in the comparison , IIRC the blob results , Nouveau is still far away from the blob performance.
Interesting...as soon as the new Slackware is launched i will try it again.....and will test again with Linux Mint 13 XFCE and Ubuntu....
don't get me wrong, i like the idea of open source drivers and all but performance was real bad with Nouveau (hopefully , will get there soon).
There is only one thing that really really pisses me off with it....in many distros that i test it, it doesn't recognize/set's the refresh rate correctly.
I have a 1280x1024 TFT that to get full image w/o cuts must be at 75Hz....
Nouveau fails completely on that....doesn't matter if it's set to 60Hz or 75Hz....image is the same with a right side cut all to way from top to down
Setting up my monitors is so much easier with Nouveau and desktop performance is decent, even casual gaming works on my 460 GTX.
With me is the opposite....
As for gaming....i'm not exactly a casual player....i play 4-8 hours per day
the NVIDIA blob is very easy and fast to setup in Linux....it has much less options than the Windows version.
The interesting things about it in Linux are also , besides the refresh rate (at least in my case) easy to setup, are much BETTER performance and QUALITY in videos not only compared with Nouveau in Linux but also to NVIDIA drivers in Windows !!!
Yes, NVIDIA in Linux works with MUCH better quality than NVIDIA in Windows as for movies goes.
As for games, more exactly in some games with native clients both for Linux and Windows , like ETQW, using same settings, the frame rate is clearly BETTER under Linux than Windows
Notice that i also customize and compile the kernel in Linux...and NEVER use KDE, GNOME 2/3 or Unity but ALWAYS XFCE or LXDE.
The newer Nvidia drivers (302 and foward) support RandR 1.3 so you can use the same tools for configuring the blob as you do Noveau.
Originally Posted by AJenbo
Hopefully steam and 302 will land in distributions around the same time.
On an 8800GTS G80 I can confirm that Regnum Online works with both versions tested, but a recent regression in the 8.1 stack has caused it to lose Shader Model 2.0 support requiring you to fall back to fixed pipeline rendering.
Also Amnesia: The Dark Decent works well, but oddly Penumbra: Overture has corrupt graphics everywhere.