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Mesa 18.1 is out with the shader cache on for Intel

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Open source drivers on Linux have advanced rather quickly and now we have another fresh release out with Mesa 18.1 which was released yesterday.

One of the major new features, is that the shader cache for Intel is now turned on by default, which should hopefully result in smoother performance for those of you gaming with an Intel GPU. Vulkan 1.1 support for the AMD RADV and Intel ANV drivers, plus various performance improvements and bug fixes.

Here's their other feature highlights:

  • OpenGL 3.1 with ARB_compatibility on nv50, nvc0, r600, radeonsi, softpipe, llvmpipe, svga
  • GL_ARB_bindless_texture on nvc0/maxwell+
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback_overflow_query on nvc0
  • GL_EXT_semaphore on radeonsi
  • GL_EXT_semaphore_fd on radeonsi
  • GL_EXT_shader_framebuffer_fetch on i965 on desktop GL (GLES was already supported)
  • GL_EXT_shader_framebuffer_fetch_non_coherent on i965
  • GL_KHR_blend_equation_advanced on radeonsi

Usual notice: Since I have an NVIDIA GPU I don't follow Mesa too closely.

Find the full release notes here.

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ziabice 19 May 2018 at 4:47 pm UTC
Please, can someone tell me if "OpenGL 3.1 with ARB_compatibility on nv50, nvc0, r600, radeonsi, softpipe, llvmpipe, svga" means that I can finally play Rage or Wolfenstein: The New Order with Wine and Mesa?
Take a look here: https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43176
mirv 19 May 2018 at 5:50 pm UTC
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Can't say. Depends on what GL version those games are requesting.
nox 19 May 2018 at 6:00 pm UTC
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GuestI very recently switched from Nvidia to Amd to get better desktop performance, so I'm a little clueless. Will I get those updates when using the edge and hwe packages under Ubuntu ? Is there a relevant ppa to add ? (kde neon)

I'm not sure about kde neon, but I'm on kubuntu myself. Using the padoka PPA has always given me up-to-date mesa with no issues
codythedragondude 19 May 2018 at 7:14 pm UTC
mesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus
GustyGhost 19 May 2018 at 8:44 pm UTC
codythedragondudemesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus

I have not experienced any performance issues with older games whatsoever.
x_wing 19 May 2018 at 11:58 pm UTC
codythedragondudemesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus

Olders games like...? The big titles started to come Linux since SteamOS born (and this is quite recent), so there aren't very old titles that I can think on (out of the ones that runs on wine).
TheRiddick 20 May 2018 at 1:52 am UTC
Phoronix AMD vs NVIDIA results (latest)

AMD is doing fine, the RX580 is one of the best buys while results for Vega can be somewhat varied. Hopefully AMD figure out a 1080ti killer at low TDP (250W?) sometime. Honestly the world is moving onto 4k and anything less then a 1080ti is asking for trouble....


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bintsmok 20 May 2018 at 5:17 am UTC
codythedragondudemesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus

I have an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB on Mesa 18.0.1 and I didn't have any problem with these games:

- Apocryph
- RUINER
- F1 2017
- EVERSPACE
- Ravenfield (Early Access Build 9)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DiRT Rally
- Tomb Raider


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codythedragondude 20 May 2018 at 8:02 am UTC
that is such a small number of games compared to the overall linux games list

bintsmok
codythedragondudemesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus

I have an AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB on Mesa 18.0.1 and I didn't have any problem with these games:

- Apocryph
- RUINER
- F1 2017
- EVERSPACE
- Ravenfield (Early Access Build 9)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- DiRT Rally
- Tomb Raider
codythedragondude 20 May 2018 at 8:03 am UTC
stuff that came before feral started getting involved with the mesa driver remember their was a time when mesa was not even supported and games requirements were nvidia only

x_wing
codythedragondudemesa is a life saver for intel and amd users however i still stand by what i always said older games are still going to run bad in mesa due to being mostly optimized for nvidia gpus

Olders games like...? The big titles started to come Linux since SteamOS born (and this is quite recent), so there aren't very old titles that I can think on (out of the ones that runs on wine).
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