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Anyway I'm assuming that SS3 is 32bits, if it's 64bits the problem must be something else.
Maybe you should try LXDE, Xfce or something to have absolutely no compositing.
Everything had regressions with that driver.
Ubuntu 12.10 64bits
AMD X2 4850e
Radeon 7770
4Gb of Ram
Proprietary Drivers (the latest of the stable I think)
19:37:53 LOG: Core version: $Version: distro_Sam3_PC; SeriousSam3_ExecutablesLinuxFinal; 173456 20121128 23:36:04 @builderl02; LinuxStaticFinalDefault$
19:37:53 LOG: Command: $
19:37:53 LOG: Initializing timer.
19:37:53 LOG: Timestamp: 2012/12/01 19:37:52
19:37:53 LOG: Binary name: Sam3
19:37:53 LOG: Binary soft path: Bin/
19:37:53 LOG: Binary hard path: /home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/
19:37:53 LOG: Application directory: /home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/
19:37:53 LOG: * OS...
19:37:53 LOG: Type: Linux
19:37:53 LOG: Kernel: 3.2.024generic
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: Version: #39Ubuntu SMP Mon May 21 16:52:17 UTC 2012
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: Architecture: x86_64
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: Output of lsb_release: Distributor ID: Ubuntu
19:37:53 LOG: Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
19:37:53 LOG: Release: 12.04
19:37:53 LOG: Codename: precise
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: /etc/*release: DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
19:37:53 LOG: DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
19:37:53 LOG: DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
19:37:53 LOG: DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04 LTS"
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: /etc/debian_version: wheezy/sid
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: Power saving settings: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_available_frequencies:2000000 1700000 1600000 1400000 1200000 1000000 800000
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_available_governors:conservative ondemand userspace powersave performance
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_cur_freq:800000
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_driver:powernowk8
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor:ondemand
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_max_freq:1700000
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_min_freq:800000
19:37:53 LOG: /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed:<unsupported>
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 WRN: CPU Power saving is enabled and performance governor is not used.
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP: Unity
19:37:53 LOG: GDMSESSION: ubuntu2d
19:37:53 LOG: DESKTOP_SESSION: ubuntu2d
19:37:53 LOG: KDE_SESSION_VERSION: (null)
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: * CPU...
19:37:53 LOG: Vendor: AuthenticAMD
19:37:53 LOG: Type: 0, Family: 15, Model: 1, Stepping: 0
19:37:53 LOG: Clock: 2.00 GHz
19:37:53 LOG: Cores: 4
19:37:53 LOG: CMOV: Yes
19:37:53 LOG: SSE: Yes
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: * Memory...
19:37:53 LOG: Total physical memory: 5445 MB
19:37:53 LOG: Free physical memory: 2424 MB
19:37:53 LOG:
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/ScriptLua.so".
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/GameEnv_Steam.so".
19:37:53 INF: GameEnv API: Steam
19:37:53 INF: Encoded user ID = 07097c5d:41693417
19:37:53 LOG: Loading cvars from "$/home/ben/Steam/userdata/33254981/41070/local/SeriousSam3.ini".
19:37:53 TRC: Cannot assign value to cvar dbg_strMarkedDataTypes. The variable is not declared.
19:37:53 LOG: Skipped assigning to prf_strShowFPSTicker because the saved version (0) is different than the current version (2).
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "libX11.so.6".
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "libXi.so.6".
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "libXrandr.so.2".
19:37:53 LOG: Display 0: LVDS (1366x768)
19:37:53 LOG: Trying to set display mode 1366x768(fullscreen)...
19:37:53 INF:
19:37:53 INF: * Desktop settings...
19:37:53 INF: Color depth: 32bit
19:37:53 INF: Desktop resolution: 1366 x 768
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/GfxOGL.so".
19:37:53 INF: Fullscreen on primary display
19:37:53 WRN: Failed to capture mouse
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "libGL.so.1".
19:37:53 LOG: Loaded "libpci.so.3".
19:37:54 INF:
19:37:54 INF: Gfx API: OpenGL
19:37:54 INF: Resolution: 1366 x 768
19:37:54 INF: Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
19:37:54 INF: Driver: ATI Technologies Inc. (0x6741)
19:37:54 INF: Renderer: AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M Series
19:37:54 INF: Version: 4.2.11978 Compatibility Profile Context
19:37:54 INF: Video memory size: 1024 MB
19:37:54 INF: Available for textures: 1683 MB
19:37:54 INF: Active GPU(s): 1
19:37:54 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/SfxOAL.so".
19:37:54 LOG: Loaded "libopenal.so.1".
19:37:54 TRC: EAX is not supported.
19:37:54 INF:
19:37:54 INF: Sfx API: OpenAL
19:37:54 INF: Device: PulseAudio Default
19:37:54 INF: Mixer frequency: 44100 Hz
19:37:54 INF: Mixer voices: 64
19:37:54 INF: Max sound sources: 20
19:37:54 INF: Max total volume: 3
19:37:54 INF: Speaker config: (unknown)
19:37:54 INF: Environment FX: not supported
19:37:54 INF:
19:37:54 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/SeriousSam3_Project.so".
19:37:54 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_170136.gro: 703 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:54 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_02.gro: 5133 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:54 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_173456.gro: 95 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/CachedShaders_PC.gro: 4277 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_145562.gro: 2565 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_01.gro: 6414 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_150406.gro: 627 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/DLC1_Models.gro: 1 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/All_147686.gro: 835 files, signature: OFFICIAL
19:37:55 LOG: Loading translation tables from Content/SeriousSam3/Locales/enu/.
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/Locales/enu/translation.tbl
19:37:55 LOG: Content/SeriousSam3/Locales/enu/translation_All.tbl
19:37:55 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/CodecAudio_Vorbis.so".
19:37:55 LOG: Module 'Bin/CodecAudio_Vorbis.module' loaded in '0.00' seconds.
19:37:55 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/CodecVideo_Null.so".
19:37:55 LOG: Module 'Bin/CodecVideo_Null.module' loaded in '0.00' seconds.
19:37:55 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/Input.so".
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/Input.module' loaded in '2.99' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/Game.so".
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/Game.module' loaded in '0.01' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/ProcRender.so".
19:37:58 LOG: Loaded "/home/ben/Steam/SteamApps/common/Serious Sam 3/Bin/Shaders.so".
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/Shaders.module' loaded in '0.01' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/ProcRender.module' loaded in '0.02' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/Shaders.module' loaded in '0.00' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Skipped assigning to prj_strMultiplayerSessionName because the saved version (0) is different than the current version (2).
19:37:58 LOG: Module 'Bin/SeriousSam3_Project.module' loaded in '4.05' seconds.
19:37:58 LOG: Processing file Content/SeriousSam3/Config/autoexec.cfg
19:37:59 LOG: cvarShowDiffs()
19:37:59 LOG: cmp_pixMaxSize = 512 (2048)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_bAllowRendering = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_bPrebakedDynamicLights = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_bReceiveShadows = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_fDensityBias = 0.6 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_fDistanceBias = 0.7 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: crm_iRenderDepthPrepass = 0 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: dcl_ctMaxNewTrianglesPerFrame = 1536 (2048)
19:37:59 LOG: dcl_ctMaxTrianglesPerGroup = 2048 (4096)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bAmbientOcclusion = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bBloom = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bDepthOfField = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bDistanceCue = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bGaussianBlur = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bLightStreaks = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_bMotionBlur = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_iLensFlareQuality = 1 (3)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_iMaxRippleSources = 0 (10)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_iOcclusionQuality = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: efx_iStreaksQuality = 1 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAllowArmorItems = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAllowHealthItems = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAllowJoinInProgress = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAllowPowerupItems = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAllowSeriousBombItems = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAmmoStays = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bArmorStays = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bAutoCycleMaps = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bCustomizedDifficulty = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bExtraMPEnemies = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bFriendlyFire = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bHealthStays = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bInfiniteAmmo = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bPowerupsStay = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bRankedMatch = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bRespawnInPlace = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_bWeaponsStay = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctFragsLimit = 20 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctGoalsLimit = 10 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctMaxPlayers = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctMinPlayers = 1 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctPrivateSlots = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctRoundLimit = 10 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_ctTimeLimit = 10 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_gdDifficulty = 3 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_iExtraEnemyDamagePerPlayer = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_iExtraEnemyStrength = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_iExtraEnemyStrengthPerPlayer = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gam_iInvulnerableAfterSpawning = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_bLastGoodFullScreen = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_iAntiAliasingSamples = 1 (4)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_iFXAA = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixLastGoodResHeight = 768 (480)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixLastGoodResWidth = 1366 (640)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixLastGoodWinHeight = 768 (480)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixLastGoodWinWidth = 1366 (640)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixResHeight = 768 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixResWidth = 1366 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixWinHeight = 768 (480)
19:37:59 LOG: gfx_pixWinWidth = 1366 (640)
19:37:59 LOG: lmp_iBaseMip = 3 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: men_bAllowGlowing = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: men_iMaxGlows = 0 (3)
19:37:59 LOG: nmp_pixMaxSize = 512 (2048)
19:37:59 LOG: prf_bShowFPS = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_bSkippableIntroScene = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_ctMaxCorpsesCoop = 6 (8)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_ctMaxDebrisCoop = 40 (20)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_ctMaxMovingDebris = 40 (50)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_ctMaxMovingDebrisCoop = 15 (20)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_fDebrisScreenSizeRatioCullCoop = 0.02 (0.015)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_iCPUSpeed = 1 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_iFlashlightType = 1 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_iGPUMemory = 0 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_iGPUSpeed = 0 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: prj_strLastAutoDetectSetup = "gfx_iPixelProgramVersion=30,gfx_ctConcurrentGPUs=1,sys_iGPUVendorID=4098,sys_iCPUFamily=15,sys_iCPUMHz=1996,sys_iGPUDeviceID=26433,sys_strCPUVendor=AuthenticAMD,gfx_ulVideoMemoryMB=1024," ("")
19:37:59 LOG: prt_fParticleBias = 0.6 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bAmbientShadows = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bDynamicFastLights = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bHeatShimmer = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bMirrorFastLights = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bMirrorReflections = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_bPrebakedDynamicLights = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_fLODBias = 2 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_fMax3DRenderingMPix = 0.5 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_fMirrorQuality = 0.25 (0.5)
19:37:59 LOG: ren_iMirrorLevelBias = 1 (0)
19:37:59 LOG: sfx_iMaxActiveSounds = 20 (25)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_bAllowRefractions = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_bAllowZoomBlurring = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_bEdgeSmoothing = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_bShadowTrilinearDithering = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_fFilledHighlightingDistance = 0 (30)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_fShadowTrilinearSpan = 0 (0.25)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_iMaxShockwaves = 0 (8)
19:37:59 LOG: sha_iParallaxMappingMethod = 0 (2)
19:37:59 LOG: shb_bShadowBlurring = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: shb_fNearShadowDistance = 3 (4)
19:37:59 LOG: shb_iShadowAntialiasing = 0 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: shb_pixMaxShadowSize = 512 (1536)
19:37:59 LOG: snd_fVoiceCommVolume = 0.7 (1)
19:37:59 LOG: tex_iAnisotropy = 1 (4)
19:37:59 LOG: tex_iFiltering = 21 (22)
19:37:59 LOG: tex_pixMaxSize = 4096 (2048)
19:37:59 LOG: Processing file Content/SeriousSam3/Config/AutoDetect.lua
19:37:59 INF: AutoDetect: Hardware values unchanged, nothing to do.
19:38:02 LOG: Steam workshop sync operation finished in 1.55 seconds.
19:39:19 LOG: Started loading world "Content/SeriousSam3/Levels/Menu/Intro.wld"
19:39:22 LOG: Finished loading world. (process memory: 456 MB)
19:39:22 LOG: Timestamp: 2012/12/01 19:39:22
19:39:22 INF: Started simulation on 'Content/SeriousSam3/Levels/Menu/Intro.wld' in 3.04 seconds.
19:39:23 TRC: 2 sound channels reinitialized.
19:39:46 ERR: Failed to precache texture Content/SeriousSam3/Models/Vehicles/FrontLoader02/Textures/Wheel_01_CM.tex; it doesn't exist in memory
19:40:02 LOG: Started loading world "Content/SeriousSam3/Levels/Menu/MenuLevel.wld"
19:40:08 LOG: Finished loading world. (process memory: 456 MB)
19:40:08 LOG: Timestamp: 2012/12/01 19:40:08
19:40:08 INF: Started simulation on 'Content/SeriousSam3/Levels/Menu/MenuLevel.wld' in 8.51 seconds.
19:40:49 LOG: resFreeUnusedProxies() released '48' and reverted 0 proxy objects in 0.00 seconds.
19:40:49 LOG: resFreeUnusedStock() released 1290 files in 0.07 seconds.
19:40:50 LOG: Saving cvars to "$/home/ben/Steam/userdata/33254981/41070/local/SeriousSam3.ini".
19:40:50 LOG: Timestamp: 2012/12/01 19:40:50
19:40:50 LOG: Core is shutting down
And then this....
Do I need to explain anything here?
Ubuntu 12.10
i7, Intel HD, 6GB RAM
here is a screenshot: http://picpaste.com/pics/Captura_de_pantalla_de_20121201_18_38_15qpQwZENW.1354413578.png
Edit: Note that total CPU usage while SS3 is running the main menu is about 15%.