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Gaming on Linux Mint

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Hey guys,

I wanted to give Linux a try and decided to with Mint (Cinnamon Desktop). Besides browsing reddit, I play games (well, actually, I play CS:GO and not much more). Luckily, CS:GO is available for Linux.

Is Mint with Cinnamon well suited for gaming? Sure, a more light-weight DE might do better, but if the impact isn't too bad, that's a trade-off that's worth it for me.

Specs are fine for gaming, as I usually game on windows (i5-6600K, GTX 1070, 16GB RAM).

Thanks!
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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you wont face any issues
ive gamed using Mint Cinnamon on a SIGNIFICANTLY weaker laptop without issues
my current pc is a I3 8100,1650 and 16gb of ram
you wont care about a DE after passing 4gb of system ram,possibly less aswell,go for it :D
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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I actually do not play the big title games on Linux or through WINE (not in a long time, anyway), but one thing I am still very enthusiastic about is game emulation. Linux Mint 19 when it was on my desktop ran PSX2 (the PlayStation 2 emulator) flawlessly. Even now, my LM20 laptop can run ePSXe (PS1 emu) at full speed. Granted, if you're into online gaming with multiple players, then emulation likely will not help you much. To my knowing, however, most big multiplay games (CS GO and Rocket League are the first to come to mind) are already available on Linux, and LM20 Cinnamon will run them flawlessly. You only need capable hardware and graphics.
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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I don't dual boot Windows, only use Mint Cinnamon.
My main PC is a Ryzen 5 2600, 16GB RAM and a Radeon RX480 8GB, while my notebook is an i5-3320 4GB (soon 8GB) RAM and a Radeon HD7570M 1GB. I play games that are older and/or has low system requirements on the notebook and heavier titles on the desktop.

Performance wise I'd expect to give away about 10% performance on average, so let's say instead of 80fps I'd expect to have 72fps. But that's pretty much unrelated to the DE. It comes from the overhead of the compatibility layer. Sometimes the performance deficit is larger, sometimes games run even faster and crash less than on Windows. Also, as the compatibility layers improve the performance difference shrinks.

Though there are some more problematic games. I'd say 99% of the single player games run without issue or very little tinkering. Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend is something I have personal experience with. It was a problem child for a long time, but now it runs well both on my laptop and my desktop. While Horizon Zero Dawn seems to be still broken. It seems to be problematic on Windows too and it being a popular game I'd expect to be fixed in a couple of weeks.

The real problems are the multiplayer games. Certain anti-cheat solutions (EAC, BattlEye) detects the compatibility layer as modified Windows and assumes it was done in order to cheat and just breaks the game. So if you plan to get into PUBG, Destiny 2 or R6 Siege I have bad news.
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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Mint Cinnamon is fine to game with, I can game comfortably with this:

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inxi -Fxms
System:
  Host: ga-am1m-s2h Kernel: 4.19.0-10-amd64 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 8.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.6.7 Distro: LMDE 4 Debbie 
  base: Debian 10.2 buster 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: Gigabyte model: AM1M-S2H v: x.x 
  serial: <root required> BIOS: American Megatrends v: F2 date: 06/20/2014 
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.73 GiB used: 1.37 GiB (17.8%) 
  RAM Report: 
  permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
CPU:
  Topology: Quad Core model: AMD Athlon 5350 APU with Radeon R3 bits: 64 
  type: MCP arch: Jaguar rev: 1 L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
  bogomips: 16370 
  Speed: 799 MHz min/max: 800/2050 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 798 2: 799 
  3: 799 4: 799 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GM206 [GeForce GTX 960] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia 
  v: 418.152.00 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nvidia 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa tty: N/A 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 960/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 418.152.00 
  direct render: Yes 
Cheat mode detection and DRM can be an issue but I haven't got any games affected by that installed.
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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I personally stick to Windows 10 for gaming as while Linux does technically support gaming, it's not quite "there" yet on the level that Windows is.

Gaming (And programs that don't work in WINE) is the ONLY reason I keep Winblowz around and is the only thing I use it for and nothing but. Were it not for that, I would've gotten rid of Winblowz PERMANENTLY, long ago. My main OS of choice is Linux Mint, which I use for any and every thing BUT gaming. I don't dual-boot, though and they are on separate laptops.
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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Wow, I have a similar setup to antikytheria, and I've also had little to no issues in Mint 20 (aside from forgetting to format my 1TB hdd when I installed it lol):

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System:    Kernel: 5.4.0-54-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.6.7 
           wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20 Ulyana base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal 
Machine:   Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: N/A v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 3 
           serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: F2A88XM-D3H serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: F8 
           date: 04/09/2015 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: AMD Athlon X4 860K bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Steamroller 
           rev: 1 L2 cache: 2048 KiB 
           flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 29545 
           Speed: 2541 MHz min/max: 1700/3700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2099 2: 2085 3: 3693 
           4: 3693 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GM206 [GeForce GTX 960] vendor: eVga.com. driver: nvidia v: 450.80.02 
           bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1401 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: nvidia 
           unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,nouveau,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 960/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 450.80.02 
           direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: AMD FCH Azalia vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus ID: 00:14.2 chip ID: 1022:780d 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GM206 High Definition Audio vendor: eVga.com. driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 chip ID: 10de:0fba 
           Device-3: Kingston HyperX Virtual Surround Sound type: USB 
           driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 8-1:2 chip ID: 0951:16a4 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-54-generic 
Network:   Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Gigabyte 
           driver: r8169 v: kernel port: d000 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: NetGear A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU] type: USB 
           driver: rtl8812au bus ID: 1-4:4 chip ID: 0846:9052 
           IF: enx78d29498ea39 state: up mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.14 TiB used: 282.79 GiB (24.3%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 size: 931.51 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: SSD 850 EVO 250GB size: 232.89 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 227.74 GiB used: 153.56 GiB (67.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2 
USB:       Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Device-1: 1-4:4 info: NetGear A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU] 
           type: Network driver: rtl8812au rev: 2.1 chip ID: 0846:9052 
           Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001 
           Device-2: 3-1:2 info: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G610 type: Keyboard,HID 
           driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 046d:c338 
           Device-3: 3-2:3 info: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Optical Mouse type: Mouse,HID 
           driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 046d:c332 
           Hub: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 5 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001 
           Hub: 5-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 1.1 chip ID: 1d6b:0001 
           Hub: 6-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Hub: 7-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 3.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0003 
           Hub: 8-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
           Device-4: 8-1:2 info: Kingston HyperX Virtual Surround Sound type: Audio,HID 
           driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 0951:16a4 
           Device-5: 8-2:3 info: Broadcom BCM20702A0 Bluetooth 4.0 type: <vendor specific> 
           driver: btusb rev: 2.0 chip ID: 0a5c:21e8 
           Hub: 9-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 3.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0003 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 32.6 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 60 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0% 
Repos:     No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list 
           1: deb [arch=amd64] http: //dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lutris-team-lutris-focal.list 
           1: deb http: //ppa.launchpad.net/lutris-team/lutris/ubuntu focal main
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list 
           1: deb http: //mirrors.gigenet.com/linuxmint/repo ulyana main upstream import backport
           2: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal main restricted universe multiverse
           3: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           4: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           5: deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-security main restricted universe multiverse
           6: deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ focal partner
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list 
           1: deb http: //repository.spotify.com stable non-free
           Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teamviewer.list 
           1: deb https: //linux.teamviewer.com/deb stable main
Info:      Processes: 277 Uptime: 4h 40m Memory: 7.72 GiB used: 3.93 GiB (51.0%) Init: systemd 
           v: 245 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 9.3.0 alt: 9 Client: Unknown python3.8 client 
           inxi: 3.0.38 
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Re: Gaming on Linux Mint

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The only Windows game I play is Diablo 3. What I do is install WineHQ, then install Lutris, then install Diablo 3 through Lutris. Lutris is another game platform, like steam, that allows many Windows games to be installed and played on Linux using Wine+scripts. Personally I don't see any performance difference.

Install instructions:
WineHQ: https://wiki.winehq.org/Ubuntu
Lutris: https://lutris.net/downloads/
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