Recently I wanted to see whether I could get
glmark2 (an OpenGL 2.0 and ES 2.0 benchmark tool) to run on a Raspberry Pi with an external graphics card (see this thread).
glmark2 isn't available in any Pi repositories, so you have to build it from source:
sudo apt install -y meson libjpeg-dev libdrm-dev libgbm-dev libudev-dev git clone https://github.com/glmark2/glmark2.git cd glmark2 meson setup build -Dflavors=drm-gl,drm-glesv2 ninja -C build sudo ninja -C build install
I built this for
drm only, so it can run fullscreen without any X/Wayland environment. To run the full suite:
Or you can run a specific benchmark like
glmark2-drm -b jellyfish.
pi@radeon10:~ $ glmark2-drm -b buffer ======================================================= glmark2 2021.12 ======================================================= OpenGL Information GL_VENDOR: X.Org GL_RENDERER: AMD CEDAR (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.10.17-v8+, LLVM 11.0.1) GL_VERSION: 3.1 Mesa 20.3.5 Surface Config: buf=32 r=8 g=8 b=8 a=8 depth=24 stencil=0 Surface Size: 1920x1080 fullscreen ======================================================= [buffer] <default>: FPS: 29 FrameTime: 34.483 ms ======================================================= glmark2 Score: 29 =======================================================
On my Raspberry Pi with an AMD Radeon 5450, it's not the best performing setup in the world—half the tests don't run yet—but it's a helpful tool to see if you still need to improve the drivers a bit :)
For comparison, according to these benchmarks, the 5450 should get around a score of 380. So the Pi's leaving a lot of performance on the table!
Stay tuned to my YouTube channel; I'll be posting an update on external graphics cards on the Raspberry Pi soon!