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10-Way AMD GPU Comparison For Team Fortress 2 With RadeonSI Mesa 13.1-dev

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In case you didn't hear, last week a nine year old Mesa bug was fixed that ended up causing stability issues for RadeonSI and was one of the reasons Valve's Team Fortress 2 game wasn't running stable on the open-source AMD driver in quite a while. With Mesa Git now running Team Fortress 2 on RadeonSI without any stability problems, here are fresh benchmarks of that game when using Mesa 13.1-dev and Linux 4.9.

As mentioned in a few other articles already, a big year-end RadeonSI OpenGL performance comparison on many different graphics cards will be published in the days ahead. But given Team Fortress 2 back to running nicely on RadeonSI without stability concerns, I decided to run fresh benchmarks on ten different GCN graphics cards to show the performance difference.

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AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. RadeonSI Git: Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, WARHAMMER & Deus Ex

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A few days ago I shared some fresh AMDGPU+RadeonSI benchmarks of Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, and some other Linux games that need to be benchmarked manually due to shortcomings with these games. That earlier article with the open-source numbers was reserved for just Phoronix Premium supporters while available now to the public are those results compared to the new AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 Linux driver.

Last week I published AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev benchmarks using all of our Linux game testing suspects of titles that meet our automated and reproducible testing requirements. In this article are benchmarks of the other games that unfortunately don't make the cut for our routine testing requirements and thus just receive the seldom treatment aside from when pursuing requests of Phoronix Premium readers.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Games for GNU/Linux

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  • Looks like Virtual Programming are working on porting Putty Squad to Linux

    Putty Squad [Official Site], a platformer from 1994 which had a revamped version in 2013 looks like it's coming to Linux from Virtual Programming. The game is actually a sequel to Putty, a another platformer which was released in 1992.

    Not the most exciting of releases, but I've never played (played the original) it so I will give it the usual look-over.

  • Helium Rain, a realistic UE4 space simulation game is coming to Linux in 2017, looks brilliant

    The developers of Helium Rain [Official Site] sent word that their realistic space simulation game will fully support Linux at launch. The main developer is also using Linux to make the game.

    They have put up the source code on github, so anyone can go take a look. I think that’s pretty awesome to do (on top of reaching out to us directly).

    After watching the trailer, I have to say I'm pretty hyped to give this one a go myself. The lighting and the ship graphics are quite stunning! The main thing that needs work is what looks like the in-ship cockpit view, as it looks so bland compared to the rest of it, where's all my shiny futuristic buttons and consoles?

  • Valve Announces Massive Steam Client Update with Lots of Controller Improvements

    Today, December 12, 2016, Valve announced the availability of a new, major stable update for the Steam client across all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS.

    As one might expect, today's Steam client stable update includes all the goodies that those who are using the Beta channel were able to test drive for the past couple of months, but it looks like it also updates the Privacy Policy to comply with the Privacy Shield Framework as agreed to by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission.

  • Steam Client Update Has Improvements For ZFS, Streaming, Controllers

    Besides Valve pushing out Dota 2 7.00 today, also coming out of Valve as an early Christmas present is a big update to the Steam client.

  • Dota 2 7.00 Appears To Have Some OpenGL Performance Improvements

    When Dota 2 7.00 changes were revealed on Sunday, the in-game/game-play changes were what was talked about with no real references to any "under the hood" changes for this Valve Source 2 Engine game. Thus when the 7.00 update came down the pipe today, I ran some before/after benchmarks.

  • Fresh AMDGPU+RadeonSI Benchmarks Of Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, Warhammer

    Last week I posted some fresh AMDGPU-PRO 16.50 vs. Mesa 13.1-dev + Linux 4.9 Radeon OpenGL driver benchmarks including all of our usual benchmarking suspects. With some fresh requests of some of the other newer Linux games that are interesting but unfortunately don't meet our standards for test automation, here are those tests in that article of Tomb Raider, Shadow of Mordor, and Total War: WARHAMMER when using the Linux 4.9 AMDGPU driver and Mesa 13.1-dev.

  • Wine 2.0-rc1 released, also showing progress towards Overwatch working in a future Wine version

    Recently Wine 2.0-rc1 has been released as the next step towards another major stable release of Wine. Additionally, the Wine developers have talked about ongoing Direct3D 11 development and getting Overwatch to work.

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today's leftovers

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  • Announcing the Shim review process [Ed: accepting rather than fighting very malicious things]
    However, a legitimate criticism has been that there's very little transparency in Microsoft's signing process. Some people have waited for significant periods of time before being receiving a response. A large part of this is simply that demand has been greater than expected, and Microsoft aren't in the best position to review code that they didn't write in the first place.
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  • Debian stretch on the Raspberry Pi 3 (update) (2017-03-22)
    I previously wrote about my Debian stretch preview image for the Raspberry Pi 3.
  • Asus Tinker Board – Chromium YouTube Performance
    One of the many strengths of the Asus Tinker Board is its multimedia support. This 4K video capable machine is a mouthwatering prospect for the multimedia enthusiast. The machine has a respectable 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor. It’s only 32-bit (unlike the Raspberry Pi 3) but has a higher clock speed. The Tinker Board also sports an integrated ARM-based Mali T764 graphics processor (GPU).

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