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  • New Catalyst For Linux Driver Improves Performance

    Phoronix: New Catalyst For Linux Driver Improves Performance

    Weeks after NVIDIA released a new Linux driver to massively improve its OpenGL performance in large part to make the Source Engine and Valve's games run better on Linux, AMD is out with a similar Catalyst update. The latest Catalyst Linux beta is said to bring "significant performance improvements" for Left 4 Dead 2...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIzMDY

  • #2
    Meanwhile Team Fortress 2 is not working on Legacy Catalyst 12.6 due to a missing OpenGL extension.

    http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410...5239607147764/

    Unless AMD releases a feature updated Legacy driver, you won't be able to play (at least) this Source game
    using the proprietary driver on a still quite powerful GPU as the Radeon HD 4800 is.
    Let's see if such a Legacy driver will be released. I doubt it. :/

    Ah, and xserver 1.13 support would be highly appreciated...

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    • #3
      When Mac users got TF2, their characters could run around with white ear buds on them to indicate they're on a Mac. I wonder if they'll do the same thing with Linux? Maybe a penguin suit or something?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by entropy View Post
        Unless AMD releases a feature updated Legacy driver, you won't be able to play (at least) this Source game
        using the proprietary driver on a still quite powerful GPU as the Radeon HD 4800 is.
        What about r600g?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
          What about r600g?
          I'm a strong proponent of open drivers and, indeed, I'm using r600g now (stable mesa 9.0).
          But it's still not performing sufficiently good, imho.
          For instance, 'Trine 2' and antialiasing* runs very slow on my configuration
          unless I go for a low resolution, while the game is really fast on windows.
          The hardware configuration is capable of providing high framerates.
          Killing floor doesn't even provide an antialiasing mode for the open driver.
          I guess for some upcoming games the open driver is not suitable in the current state (performance-wise).

          I can't say if and how r600g works with TF2 as I was not selected as a beta tester.

          [*] Trine 2 gives a list of antialiasing modes. The lowest setting is called 'medium FXAA', which I tried.
          It seems to work, i.e. it's visually way more appealing compared to 'no antialiasing'. I was a bit surprised.
          Is it actually implemented in the open AMD drivers (I thought just MLAA is)? But, as I said, it works "somehow".

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          • #6
            [*] Trine 2 gives a list of antialiasing modes. The lowest setting is called 'medium FXAA', which I tried.
            It seems to work, i.e. it's visually way more appealing compared to 'no antialiasing'. I was a bit surprised.
            Is it actually implemented in the open AMD drivers (I thought just MLAA is)? But, as I said, it works "somehow".
            It's not the driver implementing that, it's the app. Also explains why you don't see it in other apps.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by curaga View Post
              It's not the driver implementing that, it's the app. Also explains why you don't see it in other apps.
              That makes sense. Thanks!

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              • #8
                Any news on an updated Catalyst Legacy driver? I've got a 4670 that I'd like to play source games on!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by entropy View Post
                  I can't say if and how r600g works with TF2 as I was not selected as a beta tester.
                  I read a comment on steam that indicated some one was running TF2 using r600g on a HD4200. The same topic has a post by a Valve developer infering that it requred the latest fglrx. I will test it out by monday on one or two Radeon cards and post my findings.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
                    I read a comment on steam that indicated some one was running TF2 using r600g on a HD4200. The same topic has a post by a Valve developer infering that it requred the latest fglrx. I will test it out by monday on one or two Radeon cards and post my findings.
                    That would be great. Which cards are those?
                    So far I only read comments of beta testers running the proprietary NVidia/AMD drivers.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gururise View Post
                      Any news on an updated Catalyst Legacy driver? I've got a 4670 that I'd like to play source games on!!
                      Don't hold your breath. I guess phasing out Catalyst support for HD 4000,
                      and older HD series, should be an "incentive" to buy new cards.
                      IIRC, AMD representatives said the open drivers are a suitable replacement now.

                      While I love open drivers and indie games - let's face it:
                      The open drivers are not there yet for modern graphics intensive blockbuster games
                      which will hopefully (also) come to Linux soon.
                      And I doubt they'll catch up soon. :/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by entropy View Post
                        That would be great. Which cards are those?
                        So far I only read comments of beta testers running the proprietary NVidia/AMD drivers.
                        Radeon 6300M, I also have a desktop board (might be 5xxx) that i can try out.

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                        • #13
                          The Radeon HD 6300M in my laptop ran TF2 just fine with the r600g driver (Ubuntu 12.10), but fps looked to be below 20, Resolution was 1366x768. Interestingly the game suffered from black screen when running with fglrx-update.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
                            The Radeon HD 6300M in my laptop ran TF2 just fine with the r600g driver (Ubuntu 12.10), but fps looked to be below 20, Resolution was 1366x768. Interestingly the game suffered from black screen when running with fglrx-update.
                            Thanks!
                            How about antialiasing - is it available?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by entropy View Post
                              Thanks!
                              How about antialiasing - is it available?
                              No, everthing else seams to be there though.

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