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Mesa gets a big CS:GO speedup, plus upcoming AMD RADV performance boost

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Mesa, the open source driver set for Linux, has two rather interesting bits of work done recently that gamers might want to keep an eye on.

Firstly, for those of you who are big fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a patch from developer Pierre-Eric Pelloux-Prayer was merged recently that was noted to reduce the startup time from "150s to 10s". CS:GO has historically taken forever to load up on Linux, although Valve did release a patch recently that helped a little. So for AMD / Intel gamers on Linux, that should be a nice boost for the next Mesa release.

Unrelated but still interesting is that developer Mike Blumenkrantz has been back to blogging about their work to improve various parts of Mesa. The result is a patch that's not yet merged, that brings with it a "40% improved indexed draw throughput" and "50% improved non-indexed draw throughput" (in short: better performance for the AMD Vulkan driver). No specific workload or games were mentioned to directly benefit but as with all improvements, every little helps.

Always nice to see performance improvements for Linux drivers.

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4 comments

fagnerln 15 Sep
There's always someone to defend CSGO, but it still has a ton of issues, I need to try open it a ton of times to actually play, it can take a bit too long time to startup even using -vulkan -novid, it's too dark by default and it can't change the brightness on Wayland (-vulkan make it brighter).
iWeaker4You 15 Sep
Team Fortress 2 also has the same problem, it takes a long time to start, to the point that it seems that the PC freezes, I hope that this patch also fix this bug
TheRiddick 17 Sep
It's all good. Now if the RayTracing component could just not be buggy experimental and perform on par with Windows drivers (still not great RT perf) then I'd be pretty happy. OH ALSO HDMI2.x needs to be supported. Still stuck at 420 colour limit because atm only NVIDIA supports HDMI2.0 (or is it 2.1)...
hardpenguin 17 Sep
Quoting: fagnerlnThere's always someone to defend CSGO, but it still has a ton of issues, I need to try open it a ton of times to actually play, it can take a bit too long time to startup even using -vulkan -novid, it's too dark by default and it can't change the brightness on Wayland (-vulkan make it brighter).
You can't change the game brightness on Wayland? Lmao
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