Ver­sion: GIT Web: https://github.com/marazmista/radeon-pro­file

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This graph­ics con­fig­u­ra­tion util­ity might seem like it’s ad­dress­ing the needs of a lim­ited au­di­ence, but a lit­tle re­search re­veals that there’s ac­tu­ally a huge num­ber of Linux ma­chines run­ning AMD video cards with open-source driv­ers, specif­i­cally ‘radeon’ for (roughly) pre-HD7000 se­ries and ‘amdgpu’ for newer cards. Radeon-pro­file is one of many sim­i­larly-named GitHub projects, but turns out to be one of the more ca­pa­ble and use­ful. Why?

For one thing, Radeon-pro­file has a fully-fledged GUI; and for an­other, you don’t need to a be guru of power pro­files or the other ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties of your Radeon chip – the ap­pli­ca­tion presents all those things in an easy-to-un­der­stand form.

The main win­dow in­stantly shows you the ‘GPU Sum­mary’ de­tails, such as the cur­rent tem­per­a­ture and clock speed. You can jump be­tween tabs to find out lots of sys­tem in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing OpenGL de­tails, screen res­o­lu­tion and con­nec­tion type, ker­nel mod­ule op­tions and a lot more. The num­ber of sec­tions in Radeon­pro­file de­pends on fea­tures that your graphic chip sup­ports. Older hard­ware will only let you change a few set­tings, like the power method and power pro­file. In this case you can, say, dis­able the dy­namic power man­age­ment fea­ture and se­lect the power pro­file by hand. This can be use­ful for sav­ing your note­book bat­tery or re­duc­ing power con­sump­tion. Newer AMD chips work with the ‘amdgpu’ driver, for which this soft­ware pro­vides a lot of ex­tra good­ness, in­clud­ing man­ual fan speed con­trol.

Radeon-pro­file is a must-have tool for ev­ery Radeonequipped Linux ma­chine. The tool needs root priv­i­leges to run, but for more con­ve­nience you can in­stall the sys­tem-wide dae­mon ( http://bit.ly/2uW295c) from the same de­vel­oper, and run the GUI part as a nor­mal user. Go to the Con­fig­u­ra­tion tab to set up the Radeon­pro­file tray icon and auto-start be­hav­iour.

A one-stop so­lu­tion for con­trol­ling ev­ery de­tail of your video sys­tem.

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