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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Nouveau Linux GPU Drivers Faster Than NVIDIA on Low End GPUs

While the Linux 2.6.38 kernel has been out for less than one week, if you use NVIDIA graphics, particularly with a low-end GPU, start counting down the days to the release of the Linux 2.6.39 kernel. Particularly on lower-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, the reverse-engineered open-source Nouveau driver now meets or exceeds the speed of NVIDIA's official proprietary driver in a number of OpenGL test cases.

Up to this point the OpenGL performance of the Nouveau Linux driver has been quite admirable considering that it's largely a community project and it's developed without NVIDIA's help but by clean-room reverse-engineering their binary-only Linux driver... Phoronix


 

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