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It Should Now Be Easier To Benchmark Steam Linux Games

Valve

Published on 21 February 2014 06:49 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve
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I was notified by a Valve Linux team member today that they have some new code out that should help in automating Steam Linux game benchmarks.

Phoronix readers should know quite well by now that the reasons why I don't benchmark many Steam Linux games... It all comes down to reproducibility and automation. If you're not aware of my extensive reasons, read Running Benchmarks On Other New Linux Games and Finally, Team Fortress 2 Benchmarks For Phoronix!

I was delighted to learn this morning Valve has put out the code to voglperf, a way to launch Steam games and to dump the frame timings. This should work towards easier automation but I'm told there's still a dialog box and in my cursory examination of the code there's still some other sore points. However, it's open-source so I'll be looking at voglperf closer and hopefully making some improvements and then making it easier to integrate with the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org.

Those wishing to learn more can visit the GitHub voglperf page by Valve Software. Once I am back to my office I'll be digging deeper into voglperf so stay tuned for benchmarking updates on Phoronix for hopefully making it easier and more reliable for Steam Linux game benchmarks. It also appears voglperf can also be used with some binaries independent of Steam for gathering frame time information.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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