"In recent weeks we have published a number of
benchmarks showcasing the ATI Gallium3D driver that supports the
R300-R500 graphics processors as this open-source driver has been
maturing at such an exciting rate with impressive changes and
measurable performance gains over a short period of time. This ATI
Gallium3D driver in most instances is outperforming the classic
Radeon Mesa driver that supports up through the ATI Radeon X1000
series graphics cards. However, how is the Nouveau driver maturing
that supports NVIDIA's wide-range of GeForce graphics cards? In
February we published some Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks, but now we
have a fresh set of numbers from three different NVIDIA graphics
cards and we also compare the Nouveau Gallium3D driver to NVIDIA's
proprietary Linux driver.
"Sadly, the Nouveau driver remains to be just a community effort
with no official support from NVIDIA even though the popular GPU
company had dropped their open-source 2D driver. As such, the
Nouveau driver has not been maturing as quickly as the open-source
ATI Radeon driver stack that has more active developers along with
official support from AMD. For our testing of the Nouveau Gallium3D
driver today, we ran the open-source driver (and then NVIDIA's
binary driver) on a NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT, GeForce 8800GT, and
GeForce 9800GTX graphics cards."
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