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Testing nouveau driver with Armacycle


Armacycle is basically a renamed Armagetron Advanced for Fedora due to trademark concert. That game is perhaps overlooked by many users because it provides an excellent benchmark for free and open source drivers (nouveau in this case) with a lot of parameter to adjust. It might work on other system like XO-1 with lower resolution considering the RAM limit but that is another story.

The system is a Nvidia Geforce 7800GS powered by AMD Athlon X2 4200 2.2GHZ running on nforce 3 based motherboard. The operating system is Fedora Rawhide.

In fullscreen mode, the game only runs in average on 7-10 fps but four times faster in desktop mode using default setting (640x480 with 16bit colours). An idea comes to list benchmark in order to improve those FOSS driver with the following list:

- Desktop, laptop?
- CPU:
- GPU:
- Smolt information
- Average frame per second with following setting
- default:
- Screen Mode setting: Windows size, resolution, z-buffer, fullscreeen, color
- Preferences: effects like explosion, sparks, rims
- Display: fonts, object textures, wall textures, shading etc.


Another idea for designer is to create textures for this game. Comments and suggestion welcome

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