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sh.misra Dec 2, 2012 @ 5:57am
Performance with open source drivers
This is probably not terribly relevant, as there's already been a thread on this, but I thought I'd post because it'd been awhile since the last report I could find.

I have an older system (Phenom II x4 955 running at 3.8GHz, Firepro v3750, the latter because I'm really a 3D CAD guy) running Ubuntu 12.10. AMD dropped support for R700 and below in the fglrx drivers early in 2012, so I've been running on the open source ati drivers, largely because I thought I didn't have any other option. My desktop runs as expected (some display corruption with Ubuntu 12.10 and x-swat PPA in gnome shell, but none using xorg-edgers PPA), and I've been playing Quake Live on the same system on and off for years, and the hardware is good enough.

TFII is barely playable with xorg-edgers (glxinfo shows Gallium 0.4 on RV730)... running with all the detail turned down, I can manage high single digit frame rates at 1920x1080 (15 if nothing is going on, but 5-7 in a firefight), and low teens frame rates in a window at 1280x720 (25 if nothing is going on, but 11-13 in a firefight). Serious Sam is a slide show at 1366x768. Neither game is playable. I've turned compositing on and off, but it does not appear to make any real difference.

I can provide more details if needed, and if anyone has a suggestion (outside of something snarky, like 'get a new graphics card'), I'd love to give it a whirl!
Last edited by sh.misra; Dec 2, 2012 @ 6:01am
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Date Posted: Dec 2, 2012 @ 5:57am
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