I'm about to upgrade my gpu. Before I take action I am curious if there are any tests I can run on the cli that will track the performance of my current gpu so I can compare to the new gpu?

For example, with increased performance of hard drives I use hdparm curious to see if there is something like this for graphics cards and my new gpu is going to be a massive upgrade I'd like to document the performance difference if possible.

  • Why would hardware reviews wouldn't do it so you need to always track that ?
    – X.LINK
    Feb 17, 2021 at 2:08
  • I only answer the question when I am being paid now a days. I need to eat too. Feb 17, 2021 at 2:09

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You can benchmark some pc component, including GPU by:

Unigine 3D engine

Got to the vendor website, download, install and run it.

  • Looks like Unigine Superposition ( benchmark.unigine.com/superposition ) is the best real native benchmark on Linux, perhaps the only one apart from the old Valley and Heaven. It's a well-known one in Windows and the Phoronix Test Suite do use it. The best would be to launch a very GPU-intensive game though, but reproductibily is subpar if not correctly done.
    – X.LINK
    Feb 24, 2021 at 11:24

You can use the benchmarking tool GL Mark 2 for this:

sudo apt-get install glmark2

Run it by typing the follow on terminal:

  • 1
    This and your other 2 answers were quite clearly copied from howtoforge.com. Can you provide some attribution to the source you used?
    – undercat
    Feb 17, 2021 at 13:06
  • For more infos, chech the github page: github.com/glmark2/glmark2
    – Eddy763
    Feb 21, 2021 at 9:16
  • Same as glxgears, glmark is not a real benchmark nor will make the GPU works a lot.
    – X.LINK
    Feb 24, 2021 at 11:16

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