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  • #11
    Also gave it a little go in Hitman 2 (Hitman 1 Sapienza level):
    It's about 8% faster than radv in that static scene:

    radv: 56.5fps
    https://abload.de/img/screenshot_20190527_26zjn8.jpg

    amdvlk: 60.1fps
    https://abload.de/img/screenshot_20190527_2y8k5h.jpg

    Mostly max. details, 16xAF and prerenderlimit 1 forced via DXVK.

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    • #12
      What would be the advice regarding laptops? The Sandybridge one I've been using since 2012 needs replacing, and I was holding out waiting for decent Picasso laptops (3500u preferably).

      However, this AMDVLK approach makes doubt about the actual Linux support we get from AMD. I don't want to track and install these "open source" code dumps, and it seems we need to rely on third parties (the community) for RADV. Even though I won't be gaming, I want to know I will be getting proper support.

      Knowing this, I'm considering going the intel route again, which I was trying to avoid. Mind you, I really want to get one with AMD, I just don't want the headaches that might come with, I actually need the laptop for work.

      Perhaps shmerl has a relevant opinion?

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      • #13
        Originally posted by franglais125 View Post
        What would be the advice regarding laptops? The Sandybridge one I've been using since 2012 needs replacing, and I was holding out waiting for decent Picasso laptops (3500u preferably).

        However, this AMDVLK approach makes doubt about the actual Linux support we get from AMD. I don't want to track and install these "open source" code dumps, and it seems we need to rely on third parties (the community) for RADV. Even though I won't be gaming, I want to know I will be getting proper support.

        Knowing this, I'm considering going the intel route again, which I was trying to avoid. Mind you, I really want to get one with AMD, I just don't want the headaches that might come with, I actually need the laptop for work.

        Perhaps shmerl has a relevant opinion?
        Mesa should work with AMD APUs, though support is more delayed in comparison with desktop use case. Avoid first generation Ryzens though, they have bad hardware bugs. Laptops with second generation Ryzens are already available.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by shmerl View Post

          Mesa should work with AMD APUs, though support is more delayed in comparison with desktop use case. Avoid first generation Ryzens though, they have bad hardware bugs. Laptops with second generation Ryzens are already available.
          Thanks. Indeed, I'm avoiding 1st gen Ryzen APUs. I'm waiting to see the price of the Thinkpad T495 (to be released soon).

          Any good offerings you are aware of? (That play well with Linux of course).

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          • #15
            Originally posted by franglais125 View Post

            Thanks. Indeed, I'm avoiding 1st gen Ryzen APUs. I'm waiting to see the price of the Thinkpad T495 (to be released soon).

            Any good offerings you are aware of? (That play well with Linux of course).
            I was thinking about Thinkpad T495 as well. Since looks like it has the best design.
            Last edited by shmerl; 05-27-2019, 05:00 PM.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by shmerl View Post

              I was thinking about Thinkpad T495 as well. Since like the best design.
              Thanks, appreciated!

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              • #17
                amdvlk has driver hacks for pretty much every vulkan game ever released...
                https://github.com/GPUOpen-Drivers/x...pp_profile.cpp

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by franglais125 View Post

                  Thanks, appreciated!
                  Be aware of such issues though before buying: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPa.../td-p/4191484/

                  Not sure if that will affect T495, but Lenovo has a bad reputation with not fixing them at all.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Masush5 View Post
                    amdvlk has driver hacks for pretty much every vulkan game ever released...
                    https://github.com/GPUOpen-Drivers/x...pp_profile.cpp
                    Heh, they hardcode that stuff in the C++ code? Sounds like a bad idea, instead of exposing needed knobs in the config.

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by aufkrawall View Post
                      Also gave it a little go in Hitman 2 (Hitman 1 Sapienza level):
                      It's about 8% faster than radv in that static scene:

                      radv: 56.5fps
                      https://abload.de/img/screenshot_20190527_26zjn8.jpg

                      amdvlk: 60.1fps
                      https://abload.de/img/screenshot_20190527_2y8k5h.jpg

                      Mostly max. details, 16xAF and prerenderlimit 1 forced via DXVK.
                      Finally managed to have the time to play it today and it didn't lag or stutter at all in the same spot it was yesterday in Marrakesh around all the protesters. While I didn't run a HUD or anything to know my in-game FPS, I can't tell the difference between playing it today with AMDVLK and playing it yesterday with RADV. Odd how the benchmark is consistently down yet my in-game experience is so much better...but I'm gonna assume that Saturday I synced the repo at a bad time when all the ducks might not have been in a row...

                      Does the prerenderlimit 1 help?

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