very slow performance of glxgears (68 fps)

Ian Romanick idr at
Wed Feb 18 09:43:28 PST 2009

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John Tapsell wrote:
> 2009/2/18 Matthias Hopf <mhopf at>:
>> On Feb 06, 09 01:56:19 +0000, John Tapsell wrote:
>>>>>> glxgears is not a benchmark.
>>>> At openSUSE we print out a warning now (well, this change went into
>>>> *after* 11.1, unfortunately), that this is not a benchmark. We got really
>>>> tired of these statements.
>>> Except that it _is_ a benchmark.  Or rather waas before the change.
>> No, it never was.
>>> If for example, without vsync, a user gets just 100fps on their new
>>> nvidia card, then that is clearly showing that something is wrong.
>> So it is a validation tool, but not a benchmark.
>> A benchmark - by definition - gives you performance figures that can be
>> compared with other systems, which gives you a reasonable notion of
>> which of the systems is better.
> Right.  If one system gets 100fps and another gets 1,000fps, then you
> compare the two systems and say that one is better than the other.
> All you are saying is that it's not an accurate comparison if the
> numbers are close.

If glxgears is representative of the actual workloads that you run, then
it's a terrific benchmark.  Otherwise, it's like saying "This Ferrari
sucks because it can't haul an RV." or "This 2-ton pick-up truck sucks
because it can't go 200mph."  Measure something that matters or don't
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