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Gaming tweaks
I just wanted to put a quick post here to share some tweaks that have helped me get better gaming performance, especially with Windows games;
  • Change your CPU governor to: "performance" (it is usually "ondemand" by default)
Set it for the session:
# cpupower frequency-set -g performance

Make the change permanent:

# echo performance > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor
  • Use the latest kernel version. I'm using 5.4.10-arch1-1 at time of writing this. This will especially help on newer hardware.
  • See if there are any new graphics drivers for your GPU (mesa-aco is available for AMD GPUs)
  • Optionally use game mode instead of manually editing the CPU governor.
  • Install and update wine-staging
  • Install Steam and then go in to settings and enable Steam Play
  • Use Lutris and it's install scripts to install your popular Windows games. (You can also use it as a launcher for native Linux games)
Arch Linux x86_64; KDE Plasma DE
Core i5-9600K; ASUS ROG Strix Z390-F; 16GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance; AMD Radeon RX 470 with aco-mesa driver

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