AMD Catalyst Gaming Performance For BioShock Infinite On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 19 March 2015. Page 2 of 2. 32 Comments

As alluded to on the earlier page, the 1920 x 1080 results tended to be CPU bottlenecked with not finding much in the way of performance differences between the Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon R9 290... This is with the latest Catalyst 15.3 Beta driver shipped by Ubuntu 15.04. When testing lower image quality settings with the Radeon R9 290, it tended to still be capped 40~50 FPS. Perhaps due to the eON wrapper used by this Linux game port? Additional testing could reveal as well as the upcoming NVIDIA Linux graphics driver results to see how things perform on the green front.

At 2560 x 1600, at least the game was less CPU bottlenecked with the newer AMD hardware making a difference. 2560 x 1600 with ultra image quality settings had the Radeon R9 290 high-end graphics card averaging out to 46 FPS, which is rather low, but it will be interesting to see if future BioShock Infinite Linux game updates offer performance improvements. This could very well be an AMD Catalyst issue, but we'll see soon enough with the NVIDIA Linux results.

That's it so far for the BioShock Infinite Linux game testing. The NVIDIA results will be added in the next few days. Again, if you wish to see more interesting Linux game tests and other high-profile Linux articles in the future, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip.

If you wish to compare your own system's performance, run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1503194-DE-BIOSHOCKI81 or you can visit the result file for more raw details.

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