Counter-Strike: Global Offensive NVIDIA/AMD Benchmarks On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 23 September 2014. Page 2 of 6. 60 Comments

The Linux distribution used for this round of testing was a development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.10, given Valve's support focus primarily on Ubuntu outside of the Debian-based SteamOS. Other distributions may be tested in the future given enough reader interest and that of our supporters. The binary NVIDIA driver in use was their latest 343.22 release while the AMD Catalyst driver was fglrx 14.20.7 / OpenGL 4.4.12968.

Overall, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was running decent on Ubuntu 14.10. For the short time that I've tested CS: GO thus far with Intel HD Graphics (Haswell on Mesa 10.2), it was a bit unstable, but I'll save my open-source graphics driver comments for another article on Phoronix. The game is at least stable enough for performance tests and much better than when Witcher 2 premiered for Linux... There's also plenty of user feedback already from the Linux gaming enthusiasts within our forums. The only problem I encountered with the range of graphics cards when using the latest proprietary drivers on Ubuntu 14.10 was that the Radeon R9 270X would consistently hang when running CS:GO with Catalyst. Other AMD graphics cards from the same generation weren't having this problem that the R9 270X exhibited in my early tests, but then again Catalyst issues for new Linux games don't generally come as much of a surprise.

For those Linux gamers who have already tried out CS:GO or are planning to, if you run into any issues you can find out how to supply feedback on issues via this GitHub page setup by Valve. The tested graphics cards for this article were:

1: GeForce GTX 460
2: GeForce GT 520
3: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
4: GeForce GT 610
5: GeForce GTX 680
6: GeForce GTX 650
7: GeForce GT 740 SC
8: GeForce GTX 750
9: GeForce GTX 750 Ti
10: GeForce GTX 760
11: GeForce GTX 770
12: GeForce GTX 780 Ti
13: Radeon HD 5770
14: Radeon HD 6570
15: Radeon HD 6870
16: Radeon HD 7850
17: Radeon HD 7950
18: Radeon R7 260X
19: Radeon R9 290

The same Intel Core i7 4770K system and same software setup was used when testing all of the graphics cards for this article. The setup was configured as:

Again, all benchmarking was handled via the open-source Phoronix Test Suite and coming up soon will be the open-source driver results. If you appreciate all of this timely testing please subscribe to Phoronix Premium or consider a tip.


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