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  • #11
    Will be interesting to see how it performs under proprietary drivers. NS1 used to be my favourite game for a few years (back in the day). When the NS2 bundles sale was launched I did a stupid thing, bought a few bundles and gave it to my friends... only afterwards found out how badly the game performs (even under Windows).

    The graphics looks bad when set to low. My friend, using my old POV Geforce 9500GT 512MB DDR2, gets under 30 FPS on 800x600 lowest graphical settings. The same person gets ~60 FPS in Skyrim on 1024x768 medium graphical settings (including view distance). It feels like Doom3 all over, except worse.

    Off topic: Dota 2 is a huge disappointment in Linux, although it performs well under Windows. See http://vrodic.blogspot.com/2013/08/d...native-vs.html

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    • #12
      If you bought the Windows version, can you download the Linux version?

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      • #13
        Originally posted by Dukenukemx View Post
        If you bought the Windows version, can you download the Linux version?
        yes. (apparently).

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        • #14
          Originally posted by Jabberwocky View Post
          Will be interesting to see how it performs under proprietary drivers. NS1 used to be my favourite game for a few years (back in the day). When the NS2 bundles sale was launched I did a stupid thing, bought a few bundles and gave it to my friends... only afterwards found out how badly the game performs (even under Windows).

          The graphics looks bad when set to low. My friend, using my old POV Geforce 9500GT 512MB DDR2, gets under 30 FPS on 800x600 lowest graphical settings. The same person gets ~60 FPS in Skyrim on 1024x768 medium graphical settings (including view distance). It feels like Doom3 all over, except worse.

          Off topic: Dota 2 is a huge disappointment in Linux, although it performs well under Windows. See http://vrodic.blogspot.com/2013/08/d...native-vs.html
          Weird... Dota 2 works great here. The only bug I notice is the HUGE font in the chat window. That' s it. It runs perfect (also on NVIDIA)

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          • #15
            Originally posted by Jabberwocky View Post
            Off topic: Dota 2 is a huge disappointment in Linux, although it performs well under Windows. See http://vrodic.blogspot.com/2013/08/d...native-vs.html
            Huge disappointment? He tested it with an Intel video card. If something is disappointing, than the Intel open-source driver, not Dota 2 in Linux.

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            • #16
              Dota 2 works quite well on Catalyst

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              • #17
                I bought the NS2 deluxe pre-order edition sometime back in 2009. The game is excellent and they continuously develop the game further by fixing bugs in a timely manner and also by adding new features every now and then. What I like the most, is how they really listen to the community's opinion about everything. It has earned them a hardcore army of followers.

                When I first read about the Linux version in their official announcement, I almost dropped down from my chair. People had been nagging for the Linux version (at least server side stuff) for so long, and now out of nowhere they had a full working game ported? Damn!

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by Sverro2 View Post
                  Weird... Dota 2 works great here. The only bug I notice is the HUGE font in the chat window. That' s it. It runs perfect (also on NVIDIA)
                  I also have that font bug. Which GPU do you use?

                  I know I'm not the only one complaining:
                  https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Dota-2/issues/577
                  https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=167325
                  http://steamcommunity.com/app/570/di...3919386396281/

                  I tested Dota 2 with a Geforce 9500GT, 9600GT and GTX760 (driver 319, kernel 3.10). Those 3 cards ran Dota 2 with 60FPS + on windows, yet on Linux the 9500GT was only good for playing against bots (under 30FPS). The 9600GT averaged 40-50FPS and the GTX760 capped at constant 60FPS running perfect with an expensive GPU. Using "cl_showFPS 2" (a console command that works with most source games) shows current, lowest and highest FPS you could see the 9500 and 9600 dropping to 1FPS in some instances. Something I have never experienced on Windows.

                  PS: I also tested it on an AMD E450 (Radeon HD 6320) got 20FPS in Linux same in Windows, but I think that's because the CPU is the bottle neck. Changing the graphics quality doesn't even effect the FPS which added to my CPU bottle neck theory. Another test was done just out of curiosity using nouveau, but it failed miserably suppose I had to use mesa git.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by ChemicalBrother View Post
                    Huge disappointment? He tested it with an Intel video card. If something is disappointing, than the Intel open-source driver, not Dota 2 in Linux.
                    Did you actually read the post? The dota2 Linux port is crap quality.

                    It compiles 11k shaders, when the windows one does ~200. How can you blame that on the drivers? Hm?

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                    • #20
                      So I just bought the deluxe edition for this on Steam. Anybody know if it has crossfire support?

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