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Civilization VI [Steam] is a really fun game and it's damn good to have it on Linux, but performance has been an issue. Aspyr Media are aware of it and they are looking to improve it.

From their forum posts (source):
QuoteMultithreading is supported now, but not on the rendering path. Our implementation of OGL has issues with multithreading unfortunately, and we are actively looking at alternatives.


Also, in response to this question "Do you mean alternatives for OpenGL (everybody knows what that could be..) or alternative implementations of OpenGL ?" (source):
QuoteBoth! All options are on the table for optimization.


It's good to know it's going to see good post-release support from Aspyr, but I never doubted it would for a moment.

Hopefully, we will continue our playthrough on Twitch again this Sunday.
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cRaZy-bisCuiT 16 February 2017 at 11:56 am UTC
Oh, that's amazing! In addition I'd like to see cross platform support to be incoming next! (;
SlithyTove 16 February 2017 at 12:19 pm UTC
This one was insta-buy for me.

So far the port quality has been excellent. Glad to see they are continuing to make it better!
elbuglione 16 February 2017 at 1:46 pm UTC
One word: VULKAN
barotto 16 February 2017 at 2:49 pm UTC
Right now Civ6 uses 1 thread. I have a 4 cores cpu, this means that only 1 core is being used. This also means that fans are not spinning and I can play in complete silence!
Yes, it's a bit jerky at times, but in a game like this I value the lack of noise much more than 60fps.
soulsource 16 February 2017 at 3:19 pm UTC
barottoRight now Civ6 uses 1 thread. I have a 4 cores cpu, this means that only 1 core is being used. This also means that fans are not spinning and I can play in complete silence!
Yes, it's a bit jerky at times, but in a game like this I value the lack of noise much more than 60fps.

Civ 6 has a frame limiter, so you should be able to reduce system load also with proper multithreading.
Anyhow, if you consider your CPU fan noise disturbing, I'd recommend to buy a better cooler. They are not that expensive, and good ones are a real pleasure to the ear. My current CPU cooler is a Scythe Mugen 2, and while it is clearly audible at full system load, it's far from annoying.

Back on topic though: I'm really happy that Aspyr is working on multithreading the game, as, when comparing it to Windows, it becomes obvious, that on Linux Civ 6 is strongly CPU limited.
Xicronic 16 February 2017 at 4:06 pm UTC
barottoRight now Civ6 uses 1 thread. I have a 4 cores cpu, this means that only 1 core is being used. This also means that fans are not spinning and I can play in complete silence!
Yes, it's a bit jerky at times, but in a game like this I value the lack of noise much more than 60fps.

If the load is effectively distributed over your four cores, each core will be able to run at a lower frequency, and heat/power usage scales exponentially with clock speed... as soulsource said, use a frame limiter and it would run fanless but even cooler temp-wise.
barotto 16 February 2017 at 4:26 pm UTC
soulsourceCiv 6 has a frame limiter, so you should be able to reduce system load also with proper multithreading.
Didn't notice the frame limiter. Thanks, problem solved i guess

soulsourceAnyhow, if you consider your CPU fan noise disturbing, I'd recommend to buy a better cooler.
The CPU's fan is normally under 20db but if all 4+4 cores are used the noise could be annoying just because the airflow would be quite substantial.
The most annoying fan is the GF970 one. Right now the game is CPU limited and the GPU fan is not even spinning up, but at 60fps I'm sure it would kick in.
liju 16 February 2017 at 4:36 pm UTC
shouldn't they say they are evaluating the feasibility of improvements (;
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with love to devs (:
bakgwailo 16 February 2017 at 5:39 pm UTC
soulsourceAnyhow, if you consider your CPU fan noise disturbing, I'd recommend to buy a better cooler.
The CPU's fan is normally under 20db but if all 4+4 cores are used the noise could be annoying just because the airflow would be quite substantial.
The most annoying fan is the GF970 one. Right now the game is CPU limited and the GPU fan is not even spinning up, but at 60fps I'm sure it would kick in.[/quote]
Perhaps buy hardware that isn't as powerful? You can get air cooled GPUs (although they don't game very well). Also, relevant xkcd https://xkcd.com/1172/
t3g 16 February 2017 at 5:44 pm UTC
Just fucking implement Vulkan already! So sick of DirectX 12 to OpenGL ports (like this one) that makes our OS of choice look like shit. Both Aspyr and Feral need to step their game.


Last edited by t3g at 16 February 2017 at 5:44 pm UTC
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