A Future Catalyst Update Will Improve CS:GO's Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 27 September 2014 at 10:09 AM EDT. 26 Comments
AMD is expected to release an updated Catalyst Linux driver in due time that will improve the frame rates for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

While I wrote yesterday about the next Catalyst Linux update having some improvements, a Valve Linux employee shared via a bug report that an updated Catalyst driver due out in the future is expected to enhance Catalyst for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

AMD is expected to add an application/game profile to a future Catalyst Linux release that will then enable multi-threading on the driver side to hopefully improve frame-rates and overall performance.

Pierre-Loup A. Griffais of Valve wrote, "We expect performance with the AMD driver will go up when they release an updated driver that has an application profile for CS:GO to enable multi-threading on the driver side."

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive premiered for Linux earlier this week and immediately following that we published the first CS:GO Linux AMD/NVIDIA benchmarks. When AMD has out a significantly updated driver, we'll be sure to run some more CS:GO tests -- I'm also running some more this weekend for the GeForce GTX 980 Linux review that's in progress.
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