Phoronix compares 31 graphics cards’ OpenGL chops in Linux

Michael Larabel over at Phoronix keeps plugging away at testing the performance of PC hardware under Linux, and he's presented the open-source community with quite a holiday present: a comparison of OpenGL gaming performance of 31 different AMD and Nvidia graphics cards. In almost all cases, the Nvidia cards deliver superior performance to their standard AMD adversaries,

For a scene with so much red, it didn't seem to run very well on AMD graphics hardware

We must note that testing was performed with open-source AMD and proprietary Nvidia drivers. Had the Nvidia cards been tested with the open-source Nouveau driver, the results likely would have been different. All told, Michael tested using twelve games plus Unigine Heaven and Phoronix's in-house Linux graphics performance benchmarking tool.

Games tested run the gamut from popular e-sports title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and recent AAA-title Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to the more obscure Xonotic. The test rig was based around an Intel Xeon E3-1280v5 four-core CPU based on the Skylake architecture running at 4 GHz. This comparison was strictly OpenGL—no Vulkan testing was included. Despite the overall Nvidia sweep, the results are complicated and quite application-specific. If you want to play TuxRacer on your GeForce or Radeon, take the time and check out the results.

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    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    Open source AMD vs proprietary Nvidia drivers.

    • elitech
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]In almost all cases, the Nvidia cards deliver superior performance to their standard AMD adversaries,[/quote<] Comma at the end should be a period.

    • Philldoe
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]We must note that testing was performed with open-source AMD and proprietary Nvidia drivers.[/quote<] Then why bother? Might as well compare an old X1900XT to a 680...

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      For better or worse, the “open source” AMD drivers are actually very close in performance to AMD’s newest proprietary drivers these days.

      Edit: For example, here’s a recent comparison: [url<][/url<] The "Mesa" results shown in blue are the open source drivers and AMDGPU-PRO is the closed-source driver (that uses some open source components too).

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    There’s a reason my main system (running Arch Linux) got a GTX-1080 upgrade to keep it going until the end of the decade.

    While I’m not saying Linux is as good as a gaming platform as Windows, I will say that it’s entirely possible to enjoy a good selection of modern games on Linux as long as you are willing to put a little time into configuring it. Of course, I’m not using Linux just to play games, it’s more of a bonus.

      • south side sammy
      • 3 years ago

      that’s just it. too much configuring and no plug and play. we need something to directly compete with windows and have the software/hardware assimilate just as easily. this alone would make many drop Windows in an instant.

      • DoomGuy64
      • 3 years ago

      Linux gaming in a nutshell, “it’s more of a bonus”. It’s not a platform for pc gaming, and there is no point in buying something like a 1080 specifically for gaming on linux since you aren’t getting games that can even take advantage of that card’s potential.

      You buy graphics cards for linux because you’re doing work that requires a graphics card, and games are a bonus. You aren’t buying a 1080 for linux to “play games” because it isn’t a proper gaming platform. Sure, you can sometimes make some things work that wouldn’t normally, but the sub optimization kills performance. The linux gaming argument is a sham, especially when you could easily get by with 3+ year old hardware with what games are actually available and officially supported.

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 3 years ago

      It’s possible to game in Linux, but it’s not as enjoyable since it’s not as plug and play, plus you generally get less out of your GPU. When I’m in the mood to play something, usually the last thing I want to do is spend time making it work. I’ve also thought about running Windows guest using QEMU, but there again I’m not sure how smoothly that would work.

      I’d love to see Linux become a more competitive alternative on the desktop. Some good progress has been made, and with these new cross-platform APIs hopefully things only improve from here.

    • DancinJack
    • 3 years ago

    Pretty much the same story it’s been for years. Hopefully AMD can up their driver game with the new Vega/Polaris stuff.

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