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Maxwell OpenGL Improvements Coming To Nouveau

In addition to the GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell" open-source driver support on Nouveau being in rough shape due to lack of re-clocking / power management for allowing sufficient performance, the NVC0 Gallium3D driver for Maxwell has also lagged behind with some OpenGL 4.x features on the GTX 900 GPUs.

18 July 2016 - OpenGL 4.x Features - Add A Comment
There Is A Steam Linux Game Where Nouveau On Kepler Is Outperforming NVIDIA's Blob

With yesterday's Nouveau Kepler vs. Maxwell Performance On Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3-dev benchmarks, a number of Phoronix readers expressed their surprise how well the GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" series hardware was performing on the open-source Nouveau driver once manually re-clocking these graphics cards. It's certainly much better than the GTX 900 series performance on Nouveau as the Maxwell GPUs don't have any re-clocking support on Nouveau at all. I'm working on some fresh Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Kepler tests and for one Steam Linux game, this reverse-engineered NVIDIA open-source driver is able to beat out the "binary blob" from NVIDIA.

31 March 2016 - Re-Clocked Kepler - 26 Comments
Making It Easier To Try Out The Experimental Re-Clocking Support

While it won't help the current GTX 900 Maxwell performance situation on Nouveau due to being blocked on the PMU firmware in order to be able to re-clock these latest-generation GPUs, there's a fresh kernel source tree that's easy to build with experimental Nouveau patches for improving the NVIDIA re-clocking support on this open-source driver.

29 March 2016 - Nouveau Experimental Re-Clocking - 4 Comments
Nouveau Lands MP Performance Counters For The GK110

Samuel Pitoiset has been continuing in his performance counters / compute support quest for the Nouveau open-source NVIDIA driver. Samuel's latest accomplishment is landing MP performance counters for the GK110 GPUs.

12 March 2016 - Performance Counters - Add A Comment
NVIDIA's Signed Firmware Blobs Land In Linux-Firmware Git

Just last week NVIDIA finally released the signed firmware files for the GTX 900 "Maxwell" GPUs to finally allow open-source 3D driver support on these latest-generation processors. Those firmware blobs are now living in linux-firmware.git so that they can be easily distributed.

23 February 2016 - Linux-Firmware Git - 17 Comments
The GTX 750 Series Still Has Lots Of Problems With Nouveau

While all routine Phoronix readers should be well aware of the fact that there still isn't any open-source accelerated support for the GTX 900 "Maxwell" graphics cards yet as the Nouveau developers are blocked on waiting signed firmware from NVIDIA, the GTX 750 series does have some basic support as the original Maxwell GPUs. Here is a look at using this unofficial open-source driver on a GTX 750 with the Linux 4.5 kernel and Mesa 11.2-devel.

9 February 2016 - Problems! - 3 Comments
DRI3 Still Appears To Be Causing Problems For Nouveau

As a quick PSA, while you may be wanting to try out DRI3 support with the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver as it is capable of enhancing the performance, so far my latest attempts have been marred by rendering issues.

9 February 2016 - DRI3 Woes - 6 Comments
4K HDMI Appears To Work Much Better With Nouveau On Linux 4.5

While I'm in the middle of a big Nouveau Linux 4.4 vs. Nouveau Linux 4.5 vs. NVIDIA proprietary driver comparison with multiple NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, I just wanted to pass along a bit of good, non-performance news about Nouveau on Linux 4.5.

8 February 2016 - Improvement! - 7 Comments

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