AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Is A Letdown On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 24 November 2015 at 03:14 PM EST. Page 3 of 3. 165 Comments.
AMD Radeon Software Crimson On Linux

There was barely any difference with the Tesseract game.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson On Linux

The demanding Unigine Valley tech demo also saw no change in performance.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson On Linux

No difference either with Xonotic...

Well, even with BioShock Infinite which is supposed to be faster on Radeon Software 15.11 for Linux, none of the three graphics cards tested saw any performance gains. The only dramatic performance differences found with this new driver was in the Metro Redux games where the performance changes were regressions.

The most exciting change with today's AMD Linux driver release is they finally are supporting the Linux 4.x kernels out-of-the-box, months after those kernels have been around and months after NVIDIA has been providing support for them. There's also a glxgears stuttering fix.

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