I got my hands on AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT from Sapphire and I will begin with the actual installation probably in the next 24 hours. I read reviews from Phoronix as to what is actually needed to have in order to enjoy my gaming experience with this new GPU from AMD.
- Linux 5.9+
- Mesa 20.2+
- LLVM 11.0+
All these three requirements are easily available either via Kernel GUI in Manjaro KDE, or via pamac just a click or two away. However things seem to get tricky when trying to fulfill the last of requirement, and that is Sienna Cichlid linux-firmware update. I should say that I am mostly interested in amdgpu OpenSource driver as it seems to be the perfect blend of “easy to get going” and incredible performance.
When checking the available package “linux-firmware” via pamac, it seems to build from:
However, I am not sure that mere reinstalling of this package would give me these “Sienna Cichlid” updates that are necessary for decent support of my new GPU. In fact I am pretty sure mere reinstall won’t cut it.
The question is: What do I need to do at the moment on my trusty Manjaro KDE to make sure that I can fully enjoy my experience with Radeon RX 6800 XT? Like I said, most of the SW requirements seem to be easily done via pamac or Kernel utility straight from GUI. I am only seriously confused about this linux-firmware part which makes little sense to me as I never ever had to deal with it before and thus I do not know how to manage it properly. Can you please help me in this case?
Is Manjaro dev team going to focus on supporting the latest Radeon RX 6800 Series straight out-of-box? I understand that due to current (un)availability of these GPUs this may be of little to low priority to you, so I honestly ask you for kind assistance with setting up the necessary packages manually in the meantime before things start to work “automagically” as always with Manjaro I hope you understand.
Sources for this post:
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Sienna-Cichlid-Linux-Firmware https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2020/11/amd-radeon-rx-6800-and-the-rx-6800-xt-are-out-today
Thank you very much for your help in this case!