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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:33 pm    Post subject: Consider to install fglrx driver on radeon video card? Reply with quote

In order to improve performance, I would like know if can install fglrx (proprietary) on my radeon video card,
according this wiki: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Fglrx.
My video card is:
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lspci | grep -i VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Cypress PRO [Radeon HD 5850]

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[I] x11-base/xorg-server
     Available versions:  1.12.4-r7(0/1.12.4) 1.15.2-r4(0/1.15.2) 1.18.4(0/1.18.4) 1.19.2(0/1.19.2) ~1.19.3(0/1.19.3) **9999(0/9999) {debug dmx doc glamor ipv6 kdrive libressl minimal nptl selinux static-libs +suid systemd tslib +udev unwind wayland xephyr xnest xorg xvfb}
     Installed versions:  1.19.2(12:02:55 PM 05/19/2017)(glamor ipv6 kdrive suid systemd udev xorg -debug -dmx -doc -libressl -minimal -selinux -static-libs -tslib -unwind -wayland -xephyr -xnest -xvfb)
     Homepage:            https://www.x.org/wiki/
     Description:         X.Org X servers

Does it mean that need to downgrade xorg-server? Is it a good idea?
fglrx can really improve performance comparing to 'radeon' driver?
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fglrx was x11-drivers/ati-drivers. It is abandoned by AMD, and no longer in portage. Use the open source drivers from kernel.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fglrx was x11-drivers/ati-drivers. It is abandoned by AMD, and no longer in portage. Use the open source drivers from kernel.

Thanks for your advise! At the moment I use open source radeon firmware from kernel,
but in the past I noticed better performance (especially concerning games) from fglrx -
Do you know if currently open source equal to proprietary?
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pmam wrote:
Do you know if currently open source equal to proprietary?


With newer cards and newer kernels yes, that is the way AMD officially wants to go with their linux support. I'm on nvidia though, so I can't give advice from own experience.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The open source drivers are hassle-free (works with any X version) and are nowdays in-par or even better performing than the closed source drivers. If OpenCL is what you want then closed source drivers might be better... But few weeks ago AMD released their ROCm stuff as open source so that might change too in near future.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fglrx is dead.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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fglrx is dead

Let's remember it as a nice one :wink:
With flgrx I could play war thunder smoothly - much better than open source driver, at that time.
I am going to re-install steam and hope playing again with open source radeon firmware from kernel.
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