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  • #31
    Hi there

    I installed it alond side with ubuntu 14.04 for my amd 6870 crossfire

    Actually fixed lots of bugs for witcher 2 (textures and loadings). So for the game work well for me.

    The update slightly improved my framerate on wine stuff as well

    I hope this get packaged for fedora

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    • #32
      Installed this on both of my machines, both running ubuntu 14.04. First one with FX-8320 and Radeon 7950, second one with A10-7850k. And both work fantastic. No issues with flash and we (me and my wife) play Dota2 together on these machines without any lags at all. (Slightly worse graphics on the a10-7810k )

      But I got black screens on both machines if I run unity as DE. I switched to gnome3 (classic mode) and both run smoothly.

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      • #33
        I had it installed for roughly 5 minutes before uninstalling it.

        Dragging windows seemed snappier, however there's a graphical corruption next to the Unity launcher when I maximise Chrome on a monitor with a multiple monitor setup, it does not happen under the open source drivers.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Britoid View Post
          graphical corruption next to the Unity launcher when I maximise Chrome on a monitor with a multiple monitor setup
          That sound like a good description of a bug .

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Britoid View Post
            I had it installed for roughly 5 minutes before uninstalling it.

            Dragging windows seemed snappier, however there's a graphical corruption next to the Unity launcher when I maximise Chrome on a monitor with a multiple monitor setup, it does not happen under the open source drivers.
            The problem with Chrome exists also in single monitor. It appeared with Chrome 35. I already opened a thread about it in AMD linux driver section, http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showt...rome-35-issues

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            • #36
              Originally posted by narciso View Post
              The problem with Chrome exists also in single monitor. It appeared with Chrome 35. I already opened a thread about it in AMD linux driver section, http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showt...rome-35-issues
              Yep, I have the exact same issue.

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              • #37
                Well aura is pretty new, some of them need to fix/workaround an/other .
                Last edited by dungeon; 05-30-2014, 06:12 PM.

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                • #38
                  The OpenGL performance with this driver is fantastic. Team Fortress 2 works at least as good as using Windows now with AntiAliasing. Even Vsync and Steam Overlay is working fast now, although I play without Vsync.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by narciso View Post
                    The problem with Chrome exists also in single monitor. It appeared with Chrome 35. I already opened a thread about it in AMD linux driver section, http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showt...rome-35-issues
                    this is affecting any OpenGL application not only chrome.

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                    • #40
                      Still have the same problems with this driver than with 14.4.

                      ) Flash-Video Performance is still horrible - seems like this can be solved with _cas' framebuffer-trick. Thanks for that hint.
                      ) Graphical corruption when scrolling fast through lists such as playlists in gmusicbrowser or file/folder-lists in thunar.
                      ) OpenGL performance still about 20% below Windows XP (32bit) in Unigine valley.
                      ) Tearing in the upper 10% of the frame when watching movies in VLC
                      ) Unigine valley performs better (in terms of points) than with the latest open source driver - but as there are framedrops when I use fgxlr everything feels much smoother with the open driver.

                      System: R9 270, Xubuntu 14.04, Kernel 3.13

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                        The OpenGL performance with this driver is fantastic. Team Fortress 2 works at least as good as using Windows now with AntiAliasing. Even Vsync and Steam Overlay is working fast now, although I play without Vsync.
                        I totally agree... Also the slider you need to use in order to fill the screen with HDMI connections (remove black borders) is back at its place in 14.6's amdcccle panel which was missing in stable 14.4. But the screen freezes now when you try to change the pixel format. Damn AMD be more careful with those silly bugs! KDE with kwin's effects feels smoother than ever though!

                        Unigine Valley almost caught up windows 7 performance here Ati Radeon HD 5850.

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                        • #42
                          Huge improvement on APU !

                          Inhave an A10-6800k and it has been rather shite, but I decided to give it a try more for the new Civ5 release.

                          Specs : A10-6800k, 16G DDR3 1866, no dGPU on Debian 7 x64 with Catalyst 14.6 beta.

                          I can't believe just how smoot everything is !

                          I played Civ5 (wit all addons ), DOTA2, TF2 about an hour each, at 2560x1080 (!!), full details, ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM ! And to think that I could barely play TF2 with full gfx activated.

                          I tried some Planetary Annihilation and it still has quircks, but still a huge improvement.

                          tonight i will try X-Com and The Witcher 2 , if I have time.

                          still, impressive of what performance you can get out of these lovely APUs, once drivers are working !

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                          • #43
                            Installed Ubuntu 14.04, Kernel 3.15.1, and fglrx 14.20 (Radeon HD 7850, desktop). Dota 2 works fine, and can minimize fine from fullscreen, but upon trying to restore it, the system hard-locks.

                            I'll attempt it on open-source drivers.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Espionage724 View Post
                              Installed Ubuntu 14.04, Kernel 3.15.1, and fglrx 14.20 (Radeon HD 7850, desktop). Dota 2 works fine, and can minimize fine from fullscreen, but upon trying to restore it, the system hard-locks.

                              I'll attempt it on open-source drivers.
                              Works fine on open-source drivers. To also add, with fglrx, the crash only occured I think if the menu was open, and not the game itself (so if I was in-game moving my unit, minimized, and restored, all was well; if I went to menu, minimized, and restored, it would crash). The mouse cursor while restoring to in-game would also disappear.

                              No issue with open-source drivers though. Minimizes and restores in either scenario just fine with the cursor in-tact.

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                              • #45
                                Some more 'hands-on' tests.

                                OK, I've done some 'subjective' tests trying to evaluate my feeling of how an AMD APU under Linux handles agains an i7 Mobile + geforce under Windows.
                                Before you go crazy about the disparity of the two systems hear me out.

                                First, the two systems :

                                1. Desktop :
                                A10-6800K, 16G DDR3 1866, Samsung 840 SSD connected to a 2560 x 1080 Monitor.
                                Debian 7 x64 kernel 3.2, Catalyst 14.6 beta.

                                3. Notebook :
                                i7-4700MQ, 16G DD3 1600, Geforce 755M 2G GDDR5, Crucial 550 M.2 SSD connected to 1920 x 1080 Panel.
                                Windows 8.1, Geforce 337 stable.

                                I used my Steam account on the desktop and a friend's account on the notebook in order to be able to run the same games in parallel.

                                For the disparities, for once, the i7m draws 45W in full load and the geforce 755M 50W - and running these games qualifies as full load - so that's ~95W.
                                The A10 draws 100W in full load, which is not that much more. Also, the i7m has 4 cores / 8 threads, two of which can climb up to 3.2G 1+6M Cache, the dGPU is helped by much faster dedicated GDDR5, drives fewer pixel on the monitor and has a much faster NGFF SSD. Compare this to the A10 which has 4 cores, albeit at 4G , 4M cache, and an iGPU depended on DDR3, with a slower SSD ( connected via 'traditional' sata interface ) and driving far more pixels. Pile on this mature Nvidia/Windows drivers agains the duck-tape Linux Catalyst ...

                                I ran in parallel Civilisation 5 at the maximum resolution of the respective displays ( 2560 x 1080 A10/Linux vs 1920 x 1080 i7m+755m/Windows ) full details on Windows and everything except AA on Linux which still has some issues with this Catalyst. Still, even without AA, Civ 5 at 2560 x 1080 looks gorgeous and the gameplay is far more fluid than on Windows. The A10-6800k delivers a far better experience than the i7m+755m with only marginally more power draw.

                                TF2 and DOTA2 ( and, I suspect, all Source-based games ) run fine with everything except, again AA which causes glitches and visual artefacts. The games, indeed look better on Windows ( subjectively speaking ).

                                X-COM and Planetary Annihilation work fine but have glitches and I haven't found a combination of settings to make them go away.

                                Next on my list will be The Witcher 2 : Enhanced Edition.

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