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.
But it's getting there, and it will get there, and as long as it's "fast enough" for games I'm already happy with it.
There has been a report of a user (in #nouveau) a few days ago saying that his game ran faster on nouveau than on nvidia. I think the game was RE5.
We'll probably be seeing this more in the future.
Nouveau also wins with other features like KMS and Wayland that the blob doesn't plan to support. And it's also more friendly to developers and users (it doesn't throw the whole Linux architecture away like the blob does), it'a also included in Linux by default, etc.
Where you already very used to using the nvidia tool? I just find it so unintuiative and alien to the rest of the system. As for gaming i mainly do that in Windows, but maybe Steam can help change that ons it is relased for Linux
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.