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20-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon GPU Comparison For Rise of The Tomb Raider On Vulkan/Linux

Thu, 2018-04-19 19:40
Today Feral Interactive released their much anticipated Linux port of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the game that was released for Windows in January of 2016 and then released for macOS last week. Feral's Mac port was relying upon the Apple Metal API while the Linux port is now their second game (after F1 2017) exclusively relying upon the Vulkan graphics/compute API rather than OpenGL. This morning I posted the initial Radeon results using the RADV driver while here is the NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux using twenty different graphics cards.

MySQL 8.0 Released With Many Improvements, Faster Performance

Thu, 2018-04-19 15:41
It's a busy day in the software and hardware space today as well as a busy week for Oracle with several big releases this week. The latest is the general availability of the long-awaited MySQL 8.0 update...

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X + Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Benchmarks

Thu, 2018-04-19 15:00
The embargo on the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X processors has expired now that these Ryzen+ CPUs are beginning to ship today. We can now talk about the Linux support and the initial performance figures for these upgraded Zen desktop CPUs.

Linux Gaming Performance With AMD Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X

Thu, 2018-04-19 15:00
Today the Ryzen+ "Pinnacle Ridge" processors begin shipping and we can now share with you the initial performance results for the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X processors. One of the most common questions I've received about these improved Zen processors since showing them off last week was inquiries/hopes about the Linux gaming performance, so those numbers are first up today followed by other Linux benchmark results forthcoming.

KDE Applications 18.04 Brings Dolphin Improvements, JuK Wayland Support

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:57
The KDE community has announced the release today of KDE Applications 18.04 as the first major update to the open-source KDE application set for 2018...

Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux Performance On AMD Radeon GPUs

Thu, 2018-04-19 12:18
Yesterday Feral announced that the long-awaited Linux release of Rise of the Tomb Raider would be coming tomorrow and now they have honored that release. Rise of the Tomb Raider is now natively available for Linux and this port is exclusively relying upon the Vulkan graphics API for rendering. Here are our initial benchmarks of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux with Radeon GPUs while making use of the Mesa RADV driver.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Is Coming With Linux Support

Thu, 2018-04-19 10:44
Croteam today released a trailer for their upcoming game Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass...

AMDGPU DRM Gets "GFXOFF" Patches To Turn Off Graphics Engine

Thu, 2018-04-19 10:02
AMD's Huang Rui has posted a set of 20 patches providing "GFXOFF" support for the AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager Linux kernel driver...

LLVM Is Playing A Big Role With Vulkan/SPIR-V Compilers

Thu, 2018-04-19 08:45
The usage of LLVM as part of the graphics driver stack continues to be picked up now especially in the Vulkan/SPIR-V world...

RADV Driver Lands Support For Vulkan's New Descriptor Indexing Extension

Thu, 2018-04-19 07:18
Earlier this month with the Vulkan 1.1.72 specification update was the new VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing extension that is quickly being well received by developers...

Intel Opens Up nGraph Source Code For DNN Model Compiler

Thu, 2018-04-19 06:07
Intel tonight announced they are open-sourcing their nGraph compiler code, which serves as a framework-neutral deep neural network model compiler...

RadeonSI Now Appears To Support "RX Vega M" With Intel Core CPUs

Thu, 2018-04-19 01:38
One of the most common Linux hardware questions I've received dozens of times in the past few weeks alone has been over the support for "RX Vega M" Vega-based graphics processors found on select newer Intel Kabylake CPUs. It appears RadeonSI at least should now support these Radeon graphics on Intel CPUs...

Mesa 18.0.1 Released With A Number Of Fixes

Thu, 2018-04-19 01:28
In addition to Mesa 17.3.9 being released today, Mesa 18.0.1 also rolled out the door as the first point release to last quarter's Mesa 18.0 series...

Meltdown/PTI Mitigation Impact On BSDs vs. Linux

Wed, 2018-04-18 21:38
Besides the fresh BSD/Linux disk performance tests, some other tests I ran on various BSDs and Linux distributions this week was looking at the performance impact of Intel Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation on each of them, namely the performance impact of using kernel page-table isolation...

Xen 4.11 Hypervisor Reaches The Release Candidate Stage

Wed, 2018-04-18 19:55
The first release candidate of the upcoming Xen 4.11 virtualization hypervisor release is now available...

Some DragonFly HAMMER2 / FreeBSD ZFS / Linux EXT4 Benchmarks

Wed, 2018-04-18 18:46
With the recent release of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 one of the prominent changes is HAMMER2 now being considered stable for most use-cases. I've been running some benchmarks of this file-system compared to alternatives on other operating systems and have some FreeBSD / Linux reference points to share...

OpenSUSE Leap 15 Planned For Release At The End Of May

Wed, 2018-04-18 16:22
We've known openSUSE Leap 15 would arrive this summer now we finally know when exactly it will make its debut...

RADV vs. AMDVLK Vulkan Drivers Continue Stiff Performance Battle

Wed, 2018-04-18 15:30
With the RADV Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver continuing to be advanced by Valve and other independent developers while AMD continues with open-source code drops of their official AMDVLK Vulkan driver, it's been a friendly open-source Radeon Vulkan driver performance and feature/extension battle since that official AMD Vulkan driver was opened up at the end of last year. With new AMDVLK/XGL/PAL code drops happening about weekly and RADV continuing to receive new feature/performance work every few days, both drivers continue maturing gracefully as shown by our latest performance benchmarks.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Launching Tomorrow For Linux

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:50
Feral Interactive has just announced they will be launching Rise of the Tomb Raider for Linux tomorrow, 19 April...

Mesa 17.3.9 Released To End Out The Series

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:15
For those still using the Mesa 3D release that debuted in Q4'2017, the Mesa 17.3.9 point release is now available while it's the last planned update for the series...