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Phoronix: ATI R300: Open v. Closed Drivers

Oct 08, 2006, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"Earlier this year we had compared the open-source ATI display drivers against the closed-source fglrx drivers with R200 components. Since that point, however, open-source support has appeared by default in X.Org 7.1 for R300 generation GPUs. While ATI does not officially support these R300 open-source drivers, this alternative have been gaining momentum with users largely due to the lack of GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap support in fglrx. This extension is needed for the AIGLX desktop eye-candy. These drivers do lack TV-out support and many other features found within ATI's fglrx drivers, but how does its performance compare? When we had analyzed the drivers on the Radeon 9250 earlier this year we had seen the X.Org drivers take a massive beating from the fglrx drivers. Today we are investigating the performance within the R300 DRI drivers..."

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