Phoronix: Nouveau Driver Remains Much Slower Than NVIDIA's Official Driver
While benchmarks this week have shown the Nouveau driver can be faster with the Linux 3.8 kernel, further benchmarks have shown that this reverse-engineered open-source driver for supporting the spectrum of NVIDIA GPUs is still at a significant loss compared to NVIDIA's official but proprietary Linux graphics driver.
Perhaps I missed something but why doesn't Michael run the Nouveau drivers at their highest speeds when possible?
I've a Quadro FX 570M that has three clock levels. The highest level is core 475 shader 950 memory 700, while stock level is 275, 550, 300, respectively. A rather massive difference.
If used this for gaming I'd always put it at the highest speed levels. I'd imagine most gamers would do the same.
It doesn't seem to be "much slower", rather "reasonably fast, but slower then proprietary". Regarding trolls above, stable OSS driver will be great, even if it is 10% slower (most people wouldn't notice) because it will be much more stable (tested by millions of people) which makes difference especially for older cards, that companies tend to ignore. Also, security can be reasonably checked, rechecked and fixed by experience kernel devs, closed binary code is simply potential security and maintenance problem. And last but not least, having ALL drivers in Kernel, eventually, will make life of developers lot easier, especially regarding refactoring of various APIs.