Is The AMD A10-7870K Fast Enough For Steam Linux Gaming?

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 12 June 2015 at 11:01 AM EDT. 14 Comments
This week I started Linux testing of the AMD A10-7870K "Godavari" APU with Radeon R7 Graphics. I delivered some preview graphics numbers for this high-end APU yesterday, but for those wanting tests from Steam Linux games, here's some numbers covering that aspect of Linux gaming.

From the A10-7870K with its Radeon R7 Graphics on Ubuntu 15.04 with the Linux 3.19 kernel and Catalyst 15.4 Beta driver, I ran some standalone benchmarks of various Steam Linux titles that can be automated by the Phoronix Test Suite and are able to run with the current Catalyst Linux graphics driver.
AMD Radeon R7 7870K Steam Linux

The titles tested for this standalone Steam Linux testing on the A10-7870K were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, and Team Fortress 2.
AMD Radeon R7 7870K Steam Linux
For CS:GO, this highest-end AMD APU was running just shy of 60 FPS at 1080p.
AMD Radeon R7 7870K Steam Linux
AMD Radeon R7 7870K Steam Linux
The Metro Redux titles on Linux didn't deliver a playable frame-rate at 1080p for the A10-7870K on Ubuntu 15.04.
AMD Radeon R7 7870K Steam Linux
Team Fortress 2 at least was playable for this APU with Radeon R7 Graphics on the current Catalyst driver.

If you have these titles on your system and want to see how the AMD performance compares to your system, with the Phoronix Test Suite installed simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1506124-BE-AMDRADEON44 to conduct your own fully-automated, side-by-side performance comparison. Stay tuned for the open vs. closed-source driver tests and other full-length graphics articles to come in the days ahead on Phoronix for this Kaveri Refresh.
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