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This article contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help users avoid some common installation and configuration issues related to DRI and X11 for AMD/ATI boards.

Hardware support

Are AMD/ATI boards supported?

Many AMD/ATI boards (but not all) are supported by Xorg, including 2D/3D accelerated features. For newer GPUs since GCN (Graphics Core Next) Generation 1.1 (Southern Islands and newer) drivers are provided as open source AMDGPU and closed source AMDGPU-PRO. Both have excellent 2D and 3D accelerated performance.

The Radeon Feature Matrix at lists the open source driver support level for each part of the graphics card hardware.
GPU Common Name Mesa driver Kernel module Xorg driver
Rage128 Rage128 rage128 rage128
R100 Radeon 7xxx, Radeon 64 radeon radeon radeon
R200, R250, R280 Radeon 8500, Radeon 9000, Radeon 9200 r200 radeon radeon
R300, R400 Radeon 9500-X850 r300 radeon radeon
R500 Radeon X1300-X1950 r300 radeon radeon
R600 Radeon HD2000 series r600 radeon radeon
RV670 Radeon HD3000 series r600 radeon radeon
RV770 (R700) Radeon HD4000 series r600 radeon radeon
Evergreen Radeon HD5000 series r600 radeon radeon
Northern Islands Radeon HD6000 series r600 radeon radeon
Southern Islands Radeon HD7000 series (except HD7790), early Radeon R7/R9 series radeonsi radeon, AMDGPU1 radeon, amdgpu1
Sea Islands Radeon HD7790, Radeon R7/R9 series radeonsi radeon, AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO radeon, amdgpu
Volcanic Islands late Radeon R9 series, Radeon R9 Fury, R9 Nano, R9 Fury X, Pro Duo radeonsi radeon, AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Arctic Islands Radeon RX 400/500 series radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Vega Radeon RX Vega radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Navi Radeon RX 5500/5600/5700 (XT) radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Raven Ridge all AMD Ryzen APUs "with Radeon Graphics" radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
1 Experimental, optional support since kernel 4.9-rc1

I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?

Nothing special is necessary for the board's multimedia features; x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati should work.

I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?

Xorg support on the ppc or alpha platforms is quite similar to amd64 and x86. The open source Xorg drivers should work well on all architectures.

Are ATI Mobility models supported?

They should be, but there may be a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI ID on certain chips. In such cases the configuration file may need to be manually written.

See also

External resources

  • Unofficial AMD Linux Driver Wiki
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