Steam Machines powered by SteamOS are due to hit stores in the coming months and in order to get the best performance you need to make sure that the GPU inside the machine plays nicely with the new OS. To that end Phoronix has tested 22 GPUs, 15 NVIDIA ranging from a GTX 460 straight through to a TITAN X and seven AMD cards from an HD 6570 through to the new R9 Fury. Part of the reason they used less AMD cards in the testing stems from driver issues which prevented some models from functioning properly. They tested Bioshock Infinite, both Metro 2033 games, CS:GO and one of Josh's favourites, DiRT Showdown. The performance results may not be what you expect and are worth checking out fully. As well Phoronix put in cost to performance findings, for budget conscious gamers.
"With Steam Machines set to begin shipping next month and SteamOS beginning to interest more gamers as an alternative to Windows for building a living room gaming PC, in this article I've carried out a twenty-two graphics card comparison with various NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon GPUs while testing them on the Debian Linux-based SteamOS 2.0 "Brewmaster" operating system using a variety of Steam Linux games."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti LIGHTNING @ [H]ard|OCP
- Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme @ Modders-Inc
- The EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk Review @ Hardware Canucks
- EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW Graphics Card Review @ Techgage
- PNY GTX 950 2GB @ eTeknix
- MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning 6GB @ Kitguru
- PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 @ [H]ard|OCP
Nobody really cares
Nobody really cares
No one cares about your
No one cares about your stupid comment.
Well, it tell us that AMD
Well, it tell us that AMD doesn’t care about OpenGL driver for steamOS, and they beleive its all about Vulkan moving forward.
So yea, who cares about old games benchmarks running on soon to be legacy API…
Legacy like all those DX9
Legacy like all those DX9 games people still play?
Legacy for steamOS because
Legacy for steamOS because Vulkan is the ‘official’ API for the platform.
Case in point, all Valve game on steamos are Vulkan based.
So looking at OpenGL performance on steamos is interesting, but not very relevant to the steamos platform itself.
Unless you do use a Geforce TitanX for 1080p gaming with those 4 games (like the review did).
Otherwise its pretty much irrelevant as an indicator on how to configure a steam box.
It would be like a site taking very 3 old dx9 games, run them at 1080p, and text the Titan VS Fury to show you what card to get for Dx12 gaming on 4K monitors.
There are currently zero
There are currently zero Valve games on SteamOS using Vulkan. The only one promised for the future (so far) is Dota2.
So yeah, OpenGL remains kind of important going forward.
Yes. older games made with
Yes. older games made with opengl will continue to use opengl , its not magic.
But source engine is Vulkan based and SteamOS is running vulkan.
And older games like left for dead or Half life 2 already run at well above 150fps on todays AMD and vidia opengl drivers.
The point is, measuring old opengl games on steamos at 1080p is a waste of time.
If anything it is your
If anything it is your comment that doesn’t make sense. SteamOS will use both OpenGL and Vulcan. Aside from CS:GO the game that being test is quite recent one as well.
I wonder if nvidia’s work
I wonder if nvidia’s work using OpenGL on android carries over to their Linux driver. I was thinking of upgrading my Linux box to allow a little bit of gaming. The old 256 MB card in it is having trouble just playing video at the moment. They changed something in vlc 2.2.2 that causes it to run out of video memory under CentOS; I don’t know if it works under other distros. The old 2.1.5 version still works fine though. I was going to pull the SSD out my failing laptop, possibly switch to Ubuntu based distro, and get a new video card. I would like to buy AMD, but it looks like the 960 is going to be the best solution right now.
Hmmm? Every click I’ve done
Hmmm? Every click I’ve done on this website this afternoon (10/24/15 1400hrs Central time) has my Norton blocking a malicious website attack. Could an ad-server be compromised? Not noticing this on any other sites I visit at this time.
Mmm. Hard choice then.
Mmm. Hard choice then.
should I get a nvidia card and have an advantage in 3 linux games using proprietary drivers, or get an AMD card and get an advantage under linux using OSS drivers and working windows 10 drivers ?
I mean, the nVidia card has nVidia written on it. That must account for 55% of the choice.