After several problems with windows, a friend decided to install fedora 37 on his pc and give it a chance, I’ve been using fedora for two years and have given him a hand but the disparity in performance has left me confused.
The configuration on which we installed it is as follows:
Ryzen 7 1700(not X) 8Gb ram 2133Mhz Gigabyte GTX 1060 3G in first slot PCIe 3 x16 SSD 250Gb sata root partition HDD 500Gb sata 5200RPM not mounted after installation
After completing the installation we performed all the updates and after the restart we installed the nvidia proprietary drivers, installed steam from rpm and added the NTFS formatted HDD to fstab (I know they don’t perform well but we were curious to try).
The tested game is Subnautica which received the steamdeck update and verified status on the day of installation, so it is in perfect condition to be used as a benchmark.
The difference in performance is abysmal and in addition we have also noticed several behaviors that do not occur on my installation. First this is the difference in frame + steamdeck as a comparison using proton-experimental:
Windows all max setting 1080p: 60-70 Fps installed on the slow HDD Fedora all max setting 1080p: 12-29 Fps with frequent dip to 1-2 Fps installed on the slow HDD Steamdeck all max settings 800p: 30-40Fps installed in the SD card
Also while playing, the discord audio became robotic and unintelligible, this doesn’t happen on my install or on my steamdeck.
These initial tests were done on the HDD so we assumed it was the NTFS that was causing problems, we then completely uninstalled Subnautica and reinstalled the same on the SSD in the /home partition, to our surprise the results were identical.
We then installed the Feral Gamemode and tried starting the game with “gamemoderun %command%” and this time the performance was WORSE with maxes of 20-22 FPS
Additional tests we ran were, making sure the nouveau drivers were blacklisted and nvidia was properly enabled in grub, switching Wayland to X11 and uninstalling and reinstalling the nvidia drivers. All with no changes.
By now my friend has had to go back to Windows because he is participating in a drawing contest and we didn’t have time to search a fix, but later if possible he would like to give it another chance and this time I would like to be ready.