Phoronix: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX / 8800GTS Linux Preview

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this
link. ]

“Last June NVIDIA had successfully introduced the GeForce 7
series by launching the G70 7800GTX 256MB. As we had shared in a
number of Phoronix articles (one, two, three, four), the GNU/Linux
performance was initially hampered due to a 3D clocking issue
within the NVIDIA 1.0-7667 display drivers (it was later corrected
in August). The 1.0-7667 drivers, however, were provided on the
same day as the 7800GTX launch. Last year we had also seen the
launch of ATI’s Radeon X1000 series. However, the GNU/Linux support
for the X1000 series was not even added until this past spring, and
at that time the performance had suffered miserably (ATI Radeon
X1800 Linux Preview) compared against the Windows Catalyst display
drivers and NVIDIA GeForce parts running under GNU/Linux. The
Radeon performance continues to suffer under GNU/Linux as we had
noted in our recent Q4’06 X1000 Examination. NVIDIA today is
looking to trump ATI once again as they launch the eighth
generation of their GeForce graphics cards. The GeForce 7800 and
7900 series already pound the Radeon X1000 parts under GNU/Linux,
and with the GeForce 8800GTX and 8800GTS this disparity will only

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