As someone who is more interested in stability than performance, my next hardware is not going to be nVidia.
I prefer the open source drivers - and Intel/AMD are making a killing with this regard.
In fact, there is no need to compromise. With Intel and AMD I get good performance as well while using the open source drivers.
But he latest opengl 4.3 beta driver gave me hudge performance boost in Serious Sam 3.
( and solved all graphical issues )
Before this drivers I had to lower the resolution, in this game.
I did not run any benchmarks, so I cant tell how close they come to directX on windows, but because the difference is so big, I do not need a benchmark to tell its a big step forward.
No performance boost on Left For Dead 2 though.
So at the moment I think nvidia still to be the better choice, but at least amd seems to catch up.
NVIDIA has the best Linux drivers, but AMD has the best gfx cards in terms of price and OpenCL performance. AMD has good drivers on Windows though.
OpenGL on Windows for SS3 will be slower than Direct3D on Windows. It just has something to do with the Engine. OpenGL performance in SS3 is the same for me with Windows and Linux and NVIDIA.I did not run any benchmarks, so I cant tell how close they come to directX on windows, but because the difference is so big, I do not need a benchmark to tell its a big step forward.
Last edited by blackout23; 07-30-2013 at 08:16 AM.
I remember Phoronix benchmarked FreeBSD 8.2 versus Linux two years ago where the former came out on top. I wonder how it fairs in the mix today?