RadeonSI / AMD GCN Is Actually The Mesa 11.2 Requirement For Tomb Raider
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 19 April 2016 at 08:11 AM EDT. 17 Comments
LINUX GAMING --
Yesterday Feral Interactive published the Linux system requirements for Tomb Raider. They mentioned Mesa 11.2 support on the AMD side, but the graphics card's minimum requirement is very different from what's actually the minimum requirement.

In an email this morning from Feral Interactive, they corrected the minimum AMD requirement for playing Tomb Raider on Linux. Originally they started a Radeon HD 5770 with Mesa 11.2 as the minimum for playing Tomb Raider. However, it's actually a Radeon R7 260X 2GB that's the minimum requirement. That makes much more sense especially with Mesa not having OpenGL 4 support for the HD 5770.

So the Tomb Raider Linux port isn't light enough for playing on old pre-GCN hardware with the R600 Gallium3D driver, but you need a modestly powerful AMD GCN GPU (Radeon R7 260X) or better if wanting to run with Mesa 11.2+. The NVIDIA requirements remain the same with a minimum of a GeForce 640 or recommended of a GeForce GTX 760.
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