Recent performance drop with NVidia card

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Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by starcross » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:48 pm

Hi all,

I have been using Mint for a few years and have had great results, but at some point recently my graphics performance has gone downhill. I don't know exactly when this happened - maybe the last few months, so I assume it happened after a package update. This occurred with Mint 18.2, but carried on to 18.3 as well. I tried a completely fresh install of 18.3 but have the same issue

All screen draw operations are slow and choppy - windows dragging, resizing, videos playing especially in full screen only manage about 10fps. There is no tearing, it just stutters. Almost like there is no hardware acceleration

I have a Geforce GTX 560 Ti, an Athlon X4 845 and 8GB RAM with plenty free. Everything is buttery smooth in Windows. My monitor resolution is 2560x1440

In terms of drivers, I have tried Nouveau, nvidia-384 and 387, all with the same issue. I have tried older Nvidia drivers but many of these don't seem to boot any more or crash into software rendering mode. I assume this is simply due to lack of compatibility now they are getting too old. I've also tried Kernel branches 4.4, 4.8, and 4.10

Any ideas? Could it be due to an update to Cinnamon, xorg, or something else?

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Re: Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by Pjotr » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:02 pm

Please generate an overview of your system like this:

- Launch a terminal window (this is how to launch a terminal window);

- make the terminal window full screen, to avoid chopped lines;

- copy/paste this command into the terminal:

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inxi -Fxz
(if you type: the letter F is a capital letter)

- Press Enter.

- Copy/paste the output in your next message.
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Re: Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by starcross » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:48 pm

System: Host: Mint-Desktop Kernel: 4.10.0-40-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6 (Gtk 3.18.9) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine: System: Gigabyte product: N/A
Mobo: Gigabyte model: F2A88X-D3HP v: x.x
Bios: American Megatrends v: F2 date: 12/24/2015
CPU: Quad core AMD Athlon X4 845 (-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 27952
clock speeds: max: 3500 MHz 1: 1800 MHz 2: 2100 MHz 3: 2400 MHz
4: 2100 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF114 [GeForce GTX 560 Ti] bus-ID: 03:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 2560x1440@59.95hz, 1280x720@60.00hz
GLX Renderer: GeForce GTX 560 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
GLX Version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 387.34 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] FCH Azalia Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
Card-2 NVIDIA GF114 HDMI Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 03:00.1
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-40-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Broadcom BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
driver: wl bus-ID: 05:00.0
IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 3680.8GB (32.3% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_HDWD110 size: 1000.2GB
ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10EZEX size: 1000.2GB
ID-3: /dev/sdc model: HDS721010KLA33R size: 1000.2GB
ID-4: /dev/sdd model: Hitachi_HDT72503 size: 320.1GB
ID-5: /dev/sde model: KINGSTON_SV300S3 size: 120.0GB
ID-6: /dev/sdf model: SanDisk_SDSSDA24 size: 240.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 104G used: 49G (50%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0
ID-2: /boot size: 236M used: 59M (27%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sde1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.44GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-1
RAID: Device-1: /dev/md0 - active components: online: sda[3] sdb[4] sdc[0]
Info: raid: 5 report: 3/3 blocks: 1953262592 chunk size: 512k bitmap: true
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 12.1C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:34C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 261 Uptime: 1:31 Memory: 2642.5/7924.5MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35

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Re: Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by Pjotr » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:55 pm

Your current closed non-free video driver is probably your best option. So don't change it.

It should help if you disable all visual effects in Cinnamon:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... n-Cinnamon
(item 7.1, right column)
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Re: Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by starcross » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks, I have disabled all the effects as described, but sadly no improvement

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Re: Recent performance drop with NVidia card

Post by starcross » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:56 pm

Just to add a little more information. I have tried the MATE desktop (both my existing install and LIve CD) and the problem has disappeared. There is bad tearing, but I guess this is because vsync needs forcing on.
Anyway perhaps an indication there is an issue with Cinnamon?

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