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A few days ago, Basemark officially announced and have now released Basemark GPU, their latest benchmarking tool and it has Linux support. Officially, it seems they're only supporting Debian/Ubuntu (see the note at the bottom about that though…).

“We have poured all of our soul and expertise in making this product. The work started two and half years ago and this massive project has culminated in today’s launch of a true state-of-the-art product,” said Arto Ruotsalainen, CEO of Basemark. “We believe Basemark GPU will become an essential tool for anyone tasked to evaluate graphics performance in systems ranging from smart phones, smart TVs and cars to PCs.”

You can find their press release here, product page here. If you're planning to check it out, the free version download comes in at around 3GB so prepare for a little wait while you download. It has two versions, a free version and a "Corporate" version with the free version requiring an internet connection.

In terms of APIs it can test against, it supported OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.0 on Linux.

It features two modes, a desktop mode named "High-Quality mode" for high resolutions, advanced effects and so on. Their aim with that, is to test "based on today’s AAA PC game standards. There's also a "Medium Quality mode" which is "based on today’s AAA Mobile game standards".

Seems like their package isn't quite right, as it won't install on Ubuntu 18.04. Gnome Software tried, asked for my password and then basically did nothing. I tried to install it in terminal, which mentioned a dependency problem with "libcurl3". I would advise against installing that, as it wants to remove a few packages that depend on libcurl4 (like OBS Studio and a few others). Your situation might be different, I guess it depends on exactly what you have installed currently. There might be ways around it, but it's not ideal.

I've let them know, hopefully they will sort it.

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devnull 22 June 2018 at 9:19 pm UTC
Features Free Corporate
GPU Score (Native and Offscreen) Yes Yes
Test Score Details No Yes
Select Test No Yes
Forced result submit Yes No
Internet Connection Required (*) Yes No
Custom Configurations Yes Yes
Test Automation No Yes
Ability to render arbitrary screen(s) No Yes
Data Export No Yes

FYI. That is not cool.

The libcurl3 thing comes from Ubuntu being a little #@$!%. Steam had the same problem.


Last edited by devnull at 22 June 2018 at 9:21 pm UTC
FredO 22 June 2018 at 9:32 pm UTC
It installs in Ubuntu 16.04 without dependency issues, but I had to change the permissions afterwards to be able to run with my standard user. You can run "Experience Mode" to see the benchmark running in a normal rendered mode.
Once again the difference in "smoothness" between OpenGL and Vulkan is clearly shown, and the GPU is loaded to 100% throughout the benchmark (set to CustomTest, 1920x1080, High Quality):

Vulkan: Score C11333, Average 113, Min 83, Max 197
OpenGL: Score C10524, Average 105, Min 13, Max 233
Mr_Red 23 June 2018 at 1:03 am UTC
When I tried installing the app, it wanted to remove my DE. I'll hold off until they get that bug fixed.
callcifer 23 June 2018 at 10:55 am UTC
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I've made an Arch Linux package https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/basemark

Also see the benchmark thread on the forums.


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nox 23 June 2018 at 12:53 pm UTC
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Gave up on getting this to run on Ubuntu 18.04
yar4e 23 June 2018 at 3:56 pm UTC
Installs without problems on Mint 18.3, but after install you need to execute chmod -R o+rx /opt/BasemarkGPU to make it run from ordinary user. Benchmarking process looks very strange though
tuubi 23 June 2018 at 6:07 pm UTC
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yar4eInstalls without problems on Mint 18.3, but after install you need to execute chmod -R o+rx /opt/BasemarkGPU to make it run from ordinary user. Benchmarking process looks very strange though
For me it ran just fine when I simply extracted the BasemarkGPU folder from the deb package and executed the launcher. I didn't bother running the benchmark though, I was just curious about the "experience mode".
pete910 23 June 2018 at 11:33 pm UTC
callciferI've made an Arch Linux package https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/basemark

You're a star



ElectricPrismI wonder how it does with AMD and MESA.

Black screen then hard lock for me
derhass 24 June 2018 at 6:00 pm UTC
LOL, this thing is a bad joke. They write a multi-API benchmark in 2018 and still use deprecated GL (deprecated since a decade!) which is unavailable in core profiles, so at least the launcher will never run on mesa. Not sure if the real benchmark would do any better. I'll see if I can get it run manually without that launcher.
dubigrasu 24 June 2018 at 6:36 pm UTC
It does work on Mesa.
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