I just recently built myself a new ‘gaming’ PC with Ryzen 3800X and the intention to dedicate the system to Windows gaming. As part of that I would move my 1080ti from my workstation over to the new PC and I bought a new Powercolor Red Dragon 5700XT to go back into my workstation. Open-source graphics stack!
Well, I’ve had trouble. I was running Pop!_OS 18.04 quite happily for a year or two and it would lock up, that is, the graphics output would lock up, after several days of uptime. I could still ssh into the system so Linux wasn’t locked, just graphics. I couldn’t install the AMD driver package because of the kernel mismatch. With Ubuntu 20.04 so close at hand I installed that in another drive and gave it a shot. Even worse. Still can’t use the AMD package and the in kernel driver + stack was not happy. I got inconsistent locks of various kinds with some nasty junk in journalctl. I finally threw in the towel when I couldn’t find any search love on the ‘pause’ errors I was seeing.
So I put the 5700XT in the gaming system. Performance is pretty good considering this is a ‘mid-range’ card. But even in Windows I’m getting game crashes.
So what’s the point of this post?? Not to complain and gripe. The card itself is very impressive. Superb build quality and it is nice and quiet. I’d like to use it for the purpose I intended, as a Linux card where the most demanding thing I run in Stellaris usually. So, fellow 5700XT owners that also run Linux, have you any tips for getting stable performance out of this card?
I am continuing my own research. I just threw another drive on the Ryzen gaming system and installed Ubuntu 18.04.4 HWE and installed the offical AMD driver, the open-source one not the pro. I want to see what kind of stability I get out of that. But if it is golden I am still somewhat concerned because with the 1080ti it has never mattered what I run, it just goes. So I’m beginning to wonder if this ownership will always be a struggle or worse I am stuck with very specific OS releases and kernels. Am I just missing some specific AMD graphics on Linux knowledge?