ODROID-N2 GPU Drivers, Linux 5.0, and Impressive glmarks-es2 Score

ODROID-N2 was announced last February for $63 (2GB RAM), and $79 (4GB RAM), but Hardkernel was not quite ready to take orders at the time. One of the good news is that the 4GB RAM is now available for pre-order with shipping scheduled to start on April 3.

Another good news is on the software side with Hardkernel having released the userland Mali-G52 Wayland driver. It does not work well with Linux 4.9 due to incomplete DRM implementation, but it goes work with Linux 5.0 plus some modifications as further discussed in the aforelinked forum thread.

Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome Wayland ODROID-N2 GPU Drivers
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The screenshot above, courtesy of odroid forum member memeka , shows ODROID-N2 running Ubuntu 18.04 + Gnome3 + Linux 5.0 on top of Wayland with GPU drivers providing acceleration as shown by glmark2-es2-wayland test program.

The benchmark results are pretty impressive:

I’ve never seen such as high score (1,119 points) on Arm hardware. But at the same time, I’ve never run the wayland version of the benchmark, so that may partially explain it. For reference, RockPro64 RK3399 SBC gets 48 points in the onscreen test (default), and 201 points in the offscreen test. I could not find results for glmark2-es2-wayland for Rockchip RK3399 despite being supported. So we’ll have to see what part of the much higher score is part of the Mali-G52MP GPU, and which part is the use of Wayland over Xorg/X11.

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