Here's A Fresh Ubuntu Kernel Spin With The Latest AMDGPU PowerPlay Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 18 December 2015 at 08:33 AM EST. 2 Comments
For those with an AMD Tonga or Fiji graphics card that want to try out the latest open-source AMDGPU kernel driver code with PowerPlay support enabled, here's an easy-to-use Ubuntu/Debian kernel spin.

As I had to spin a fresh kernel anyways to conduct the AMDGPU year-end benchmarks for various articles, I've uploaded the kernel in case any other R9 285 or R9 Fury owners out there want to try out the latest open-source support.

I built the AMDGPU PowerPlay kernel this morning from the amdgpu-powerplay Git branch since the PowerPlay support currently isn't queued up for Linux 4.5 in amd-next-4.5-wip or elsewhere, let alone DRM-Next. The kernel is based on Linux 4.4 and the latest PowerPlay patches are as of four days ago in the amdgpu-powerplay branch.

If you are not familiar with the AMDGPU PowerPlay/re-clocking situation, see AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver. Stay tuned for my various Linux graphics end-of-the-year tests in the days ahead on Phoronix.

You can download this x86_64 kernel build as linux-image-4.4.0-rc3-amdgpu-pp-phx-xmas_4.4.0-rc3-amdgpu-pp-phx-xmas-1_amd64.deb.
Related News
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via

Popular News This Week