How to check if AMD R9-290x running at best performance

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How to check if AMD R9-290x running at best performance

Post by rkelleyrtp » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:41 pm

Greetings all,

I have been struggling to get Linux Mint 18.2 installed on my desktop for the past few days due to video issues. After reading tons of forum threads, I was finally able to get it running with the latest Mesa drivers via the "padoka" PPA. I have an Gigabyte X9-UD4 system with an Intel 5960X CPU running at 4.3GHz, 32G RAM, and an AMD R9-290x video card driving 2x 27" displays.

I tried installing the latest AMD Pro GPU drivers per the forum thread: viewtopic.php?f=59&t=248059 but kept getting black screens on boot. I removed the AMD Pro GPU and switched back to the Mesa driver. My concern is making sure I have the latest driver that gives the best performance. I downloaded the Heaven benchmark and only got 16-20FPS whereas Windows gets around 60FPS. I know there is a performance disparity between Linux and Widows, but this like a huge gap.

Thus, my question: how can I check to see if the video card is running at max capable performance? Output from "inxi -Fx":

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System:    Host: rk-linux Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   System: Gigabyte product: Default string v: Default string
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: X99-UD4-CF v: x.x Bios: American Megatrends v: F23 date: 06/07/2017
CPU:       Octa core Intel Core i7-5960X (-HT-MCP-) cache: 20480 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 47997
           clock speeds: max: 4300 MHz 1: 1201 MHz 2: 1200 MHz 3: 1199 MHz 4: 1200 MHz 5: 1282 MHz 6: 1269 MHz
           7: 1200 MHz 8: 1200 MHz 9: 1200 MHz 10: 1199 MHz 11: 1277 MHz 12: 1200 MHz 13: 1528 MHz 14: 1200 MHz
           15: 1199 MHz 16: 1200 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Hawaii XT [Radeon R9 290X] bus-ID: 02:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 driver: radeon Resolution: 2560x1440@59.95hz, 2560x1440@59.95hz
           GLX Renderer: AMD HAWAII (DRM 2.49.0 / 4.10.0-38-generic, LLVM 5.0.0)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.3.0-rc3 - padoka PPA Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Hawaii HDMI Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 02:00.1
           Card-2 Intel C610/X99 series HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-3 Logitech H600 [Wireless Headset] driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 003-006
           Card-4 Blue Microphones Yeti Stereo Microphone driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 003-005
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card: Intel Ethernet Connection (2) I218-V driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: f020 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: fc:aa:14:2e:4a:60
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1300.3GB (3.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_850 size: 1000.2GB temp: 0C
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: 106X size: 300.1GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 885G used: 8.0G (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 34.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 31.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 37.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 307 Uptime: 13 min Memory: 2709.6/32011.9MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
Thanks for any pointers.

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Re: How to check if AMD R9-290x running at best performance

Post by sebadamus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:18 pm

Hi, have you had that performace with radeon drivers installed as you shown with "inxi -Fx" command? I guess that the AMD drivers would give you better performace (I test some games with steam valve like Alien with the defautl radeon driver, and before you start up the game it gives you a warring about performace might be degraded with this driver)

I also had a black screen trying to install 17.40 amdgpu-pro drivers from AMD.

May be if you search for errors in logs when you get the black screen we can share it and look for a solution.

For start, you have the same kernel and Linux Mint version as me. But I have AMD cpu and you Intel, anyway we have the same black screen with this amdgpu-pro driver.

Here I post in the main thread about amd driver in Linux Mint viewtopic.php?f=59&t=248059&start=20#p1387803

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