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AMD Wattman-like open source app CoreCtrl adds NAVI support

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CoreCtrl, a free and open source Linux app that's been compared to AMD's official Wattman has a brand new release out. The application, made by developer Juan Palacios, has an aim to make tinkering with your hardware performance setup easy.

It lets you setup application profiles to have your Linux PC automatically adjust hardware frequencies, voltage, fan speeds and more when something is launched (or globally). With the latest update released May 31 it adds in support for AMD NAVI, had a rework of advanced power management controls for newer hardware, there's a workaround for high cpu load on some hardware plus French and Catalan translations.

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You can find the source code up on GitLab, available under the GPL license.

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axredneck 4 Jun, 2020
Is there something like this but with manual switching of profiles instead of per-app?
nolddor 4 Jun, 2020
WoooooW! awesome
CatKiller 5 Jun, 2020
Quoting: omer666I thought it was only for wireless desktop mice though, not gaming peripherals, like my MX518 Legendary. Either way, never had a problem with it. My former Rival 300 had to be updated because it froze 1h after boot.

If the "it" here refers to Piper, the supported devices are not restricted to wireless mice. I've used it for both my old Rival and my current Rival 310.

They list an MX518, but I don't know if it's the same model as your MX518. If it is different you could help them to add your device.
appetrosyan 5 Jun, 2020
Any luck running it on Arch? I can't seem to get it to run on Arch, keep getting the

 
Can't start helper: Aborting...
omer666 5 Jun, 2020
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: omer666I thought it was only for wireless desktop mice though, not gaming peripherals, like my MX518 Legendary. Either way, never had a problem with it. My former Rival 300 had to be updated because it froze 1h after boot.

If the "it" here refers to Piper, the supported devices are not restricted to wireless mice. I've used it for both my old Rival and my current Rival 310.

They list an MX518, but I don't know if it's the same model as your MX518. If it is different you could help them to add your device.
Actually I was referring to firmware updates through LVFS.
I tested Piper and it's a great project, works with the MX518 Legendary out of the box. I don't really have a use for it at the time though, I keep using my mouse with the factory defaults and acceleration disabled through gnome-tweaks.
As I was pointing to, the fact I had to plug and update my Rival's firmware on Windows is frustrating, and I'll stay clear from SteelSeries form now on.
CatKiller 5 Jun, 2020
Quoting: omer666Actually I was referring to firmware updates through LVFS.

Ah, then yes: companies that use LVFS 👍 Companies that don't 👎

It would be really good if Nvidia got on board, since GPUs often benefit from a firmware upgrade, but Nvidia gotta Nvidia.
omer666 6 Jun, 2020
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: omer666Actually I was referring to firmware updates through LVFS.

Ah, then yes: companies that use LVFS 👍 Companies that don't 👎

It would be really good if Nvidia got on board, since GPUs often benefit from a firmware upgrade, but Nvidia gotta Nvidia.
Actually I'm quite surprised that AMD didn't upload any GPU firmware yet, as cards like the RX 5600 XT need it badly, but at least they have an account and the page states they are "evaluating the service". Nvidia's official statement is a big sound "no"...
scaine 10 Jun, 2020
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Noticed this article in light of just having updated to a fully AMD PC. But, sadly, Mint 19.3 is based on Ubuntu 18.04, which isn't supported by CoreCtrl. You need to use the non-LTS Ubuntu 19.10, or LTS Ubuntu 20.04 to run this. I guess I'll have to wait another fortnight for Mint 20 to land.

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