Rodox Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:42am
AMD HD6850, how are the drivers?
I remember the last time I tried installing Ubuntu on this machine. After installing the "recommended" drivers, the desktop was completely unusable; massive tearing everywhere, multiple overlaid images, etc. I also remember having way less than 60 fps on Killing Floor, where in Windows it usually never goes below 100 fps.

Has anyone gotten an HD6850 to run decently under Linux? I'm using a VGA monitor with a DVI->VGA adapter, if it matters.
Last edited by Rodox; Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:44am
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hugo Feb 20, 2013 @ 1:19pm 
Well, you have to install the Catalyst 13.1 it works fine for me i get over 300 fps in tf2 on linux and only 120-200 in Windows
My graphic card is a Radeon 6870
Rods Mar 6, 2013 @ 4:09am 
Its really fine for me, im using the 13.2, wich in my opnion is a lot faster than 13.1. My gpu is a Radeon 6850 1gb..
yabba Mar 6, 2013 @ 4:40am 
Originally posted by Rodox:
I remember the last time I tried installing Ubuntu on this machine. After installing the "recommended" drivers, the desktop was completely unusable; massive tearing everywhere, multiple overlaid images, etc. I also remember having way less than 60 fps on Killing Floor, where in Windows it usually never goes below 100 fps.

Has anyone gotten an HD6850 to run decently under Linux? I'm using a VGA monitor with a DVI->VGA adapter, if it matters.

My experience to date is that the performance in many of the games is very poor.

Whether that's directly due to the drivers or the ports themselves is a good question though.

I note each update of TF2 lately says 'linux performance" in it, with, so far, not really significant results. Which presumably means it's either a big job they are doing bit by bit or there are things they need driver updates to fix. As I've said elsewhere a bit more creativity in the changelog might make it clearer what is supposed to be better and what is still to be done.

In TF2 frame rates look good but there are lags and stutters that hamper gameplay.

Killing floor has very poor frame rates as you note - although it's not clear whether this is the fault of the driver or not (I think it's something I'd ascertain before throwing my game at him to port but the game industry at large doesn't seem to consider that the end result actually matters)

Other games it's not much better - although since many of them are small indie titles with low performance requirements they tend to run well enough to play.

The drivers themselves are, unfortunately, only really in beta (you could use 13.1 I suppose but you'd be missing improvements) which means typically that every other one causes Steam or big picture mode to crash, which the next one fixes. This approach of adding a bug and then removing it again seems to be the only real purpose of the catalyst linux betas so far.

You also get a silly "AMD driver writers are buffoons" logo in the bottom right - although you can work around this, I keep mine there to remind me that they are buffoons and to buy a Nvidia card later this year :)

For the 2D side I've not really had any problems. Although I'm not using opengl desktops or compositing. I've got the drivers from AMD's site though rather than from ubuntu itself and built and installed them using the --buildpkg option on the run file and dpkg -i to install the debs.
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arc| Gps Mar 6, 2013 @ 7:19am 
On my hd5750 I can see the drivers improve since a month or two.
TF2 runs very good at the moment, almost 100% fluently.
Shark Mar 6, 2013 @ 7:45am 
Ye, drivers are getting a lot better, but Nvidia is still doing a better job on linux. AMD will never support modern kernels and they will w8 for ages to finally support new cards on linux, while Nvidia has linux drivers for their cards before they are available.
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Zappor Mar 6, 2013 @ 11:24am 
Try the opensource driver with https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa and linux-image-extra-3.8, perfect framerates on TF2 with my 6850 for me!
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