Benchmarked: Nouveau vs Nvidia Arch Linux Driver on 980ti
There has been lots of discussion on the internet comparing the Nouveau open-source drivers to the Nvidia closed-source drivers on liuux. We put it to the test. Many of these games did not have a benchmark feature, so a simple circuit was tested on each driver for each game listed. All games were tested full-screen at 1440p.
Test System Specs:
16GB DDR4 3200mhz
980ti @ 1440p144hz
Nvidia Drivers 378.13
Nouveau Drivers 1.0.13-2
Game #1: Amnesia Dark Descent
Clear winner is the Nvidia drivers. The Nouveau drivers had some artifact and texture issues, although it was totally playable. Nvidia drivers looked perfect.
Game #2: Kerbal Space Program
Clear winner is the Nvidia drivers. Some flickering on the Nouveau drivers. Nvidia drivers looked perfect.
Game #3: Tomb Raider 2013
Clear winner is the Nvidia drivers. Tomb Raider was unstable on the open source drivers. It would run 25fps sometimes and eventually glitch/freeze down to 1-2 fps. Nvidia drivers looked perfect.
Game #4: Cities Skylines
Ultra Settings – Tested with a 800k population map zoomed out
Clear winner is the Nvidia drivers. Nouveau had issues rendering the shadows as well. Nvidia drivers looked perfect.
Game #5: Half Life 2
Ultra Settings 8x MSAA
Clear winner is the Nvidia drivers. It played without issue on the open source drivers, but HL2 was flawless on the Nvidia drivers. Nvidia drivers looked perfect.
Conclusion: Install the drivers by typing “sudo pacman -S nvidia nvidia-libgl” – no questions about it.
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