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The Current NVIDIA vs. AMD Radeon Linux Gaming Performance Ahead Of Ampere
Up first in our late summer 2020 Linux GPU/driver comparison was Batman: Arkham Knight, which runs under Linux thanks to Steam Play.
The Radeon VII as the top consumer performer right now on Linux for having fully open-source drivers was running just ahead of the RTX 2070 SUPER at 1080p and 1440p. The Radeon RX 5700 XT Navi meanwhile was coming up just below the GeForce RTX 2080 / RTX 2070 SUPER. The RTX 3080 / RTX 3090 Ampere parts are expected to offer quite a bit of extra performance potential so it will be interesting to see how much faster the performance is compared to AMD's current-generation GPUs and ultimately the upcoming Navi 2 parts.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when ported to Linux by Feral Interactive was one of the most demanding (OpenGL) games at the time albeit is still among the most demanding OpenGL games as the newer titles have moved on to Vulkan.
Hitman 2 is another game that can be run on Linux via Steam Player and renders using DXVK with Vulkan. The RX 5700 XT and Radeon VII performance was similar here, right in line with the RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2070 parts. The RX 5700 and RX 5600 XT Navi parts were performing in line with the RTX 2070 (non-SUPER) with these latest Linux drivers.