Graphic driver issue (Dedicated AMD GPU and AMD CPU)

I’m coming back with a similar problem that I described here. I still encounter artifacts every now and then, but their frequency is not as bad while I’m using Xfce4 instead of KDE Plasma.

I’ve left a feedback on ProtonDB about certain older game that needed some tinkering before running properly on Linux. I realized that my system information is incorrect, as Steam listed my GPUi instead of GPUd here on this image.
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I used to experiment with running Steam with GPUd explicitly, or running the whole system with a GPUd explicitly, and it didn’t lead to anything useful. In the first case Steam simply didn’t start, and in the second - many system features didn’t work, such as DE (didn’t start and/or respond) etc.

I still suspect that something’s wrong on the drivers’ side, although when I play games or edit images, the system runs GPUd properly.

Here’s my result for $ inxi -FGa

System:
  Host: AsusTUF Kernel: 6.6.37-1-lts arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
    v: 14.1.1 clocksource: tsc avail: acpi_pm
    parameters: initrd=\32322911e5a24c1eaae815dc3a803759\6.6.37-1-lts\initrd
    nvme_load=YES nowatchdog rw
    rd.luks.uuid=43df9ab0-a5fb-4db6-9f79-4e83838c9e9b
    root=/dev/mapper/luks-43df9ab0-a5fb-4db6-9f79-4e83838c9e9b
    systemd.machine_id=32322911e5a24c1eaae815dc3a803759
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 wm: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0
    with: xfce4-panel tools: xfce4-screensaver vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
    Distro: EndeavourOS base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: ASUS TUF Gaming A16 FA617NS_FA617NS
    v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: ASUSTeK model: FA617NS v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required>
    uuid: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: FA617NS.410
    date: 06/15/2023
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 84.8 Wh (100.0%) condition: 84.8/90.0 Wh (94.2%)
    volts: 17.2 min: 15.9 model: AS3GWYF3KC GA50358 type: Unknown serial: 08F2
    status: full
CPU:
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS with Radeon Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Zen 3+ gen: 4 level: v3 note: check built: 2022 process: TSMC n6 (7nm)
    family: 0x19 (25) model-id: 0x44 (68) stepping: 1 microcode: 0xA404102
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 8 tpc: 2 threads: 16 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 512 KiB desc: d-8x32 KiB; i-8x32 KiB L2: 4 MiB desc: 8x512 KiB
    L3: 16 MiB desc: 1x16 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1697 high: 2954 min/max: 400/4829 scaling:
    driver: amd-pstate-epp governor: powersave cores: 1: 1386 2: 1391 3: 2954
    4: 1344 5: 1678 6: 1399 7: 2353 8: 1427 9: 1367 10: 400 11: 2354 12: 2576
    13: 2201 14: 1819 15: 1287 16: 1229 bogomips: 102251
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: gather_data_sampling status: Not affected
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
  Type: reg_file_data_sampling status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed status: Not affected
  Type: spec_rstack_overflow status: Vulnerable: Safe RET, no microcode
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
    sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines; IBPB: conditional; IBRS_FW;
    STIBP: always-on; RSB filling; PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected; BHI: Not
    affected
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD Navi 33 [Radeon RX 7600/7600 XT/7600M XT/7600S/7700S / PRO
    W7600] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: RDNA-3 code: Navi-33
    built: 2023+ pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8 ports: active: none
    empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,eDP-1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:7480
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: AMD Rembrandt [Radeon 680M] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: amdgpu
    v: kernel arch: RDNA-2 code: Navi-2x process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22
    pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: eDP-2 empty: DP-2,
    DP-3, DP-4, DP-5, DP-6 bus-ID: 77:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1681 class-ID: 0300
    temp: 52.0 C
  Device-3: Sonix USB2.0 HD UVC WebCam driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 3-3:3 chip-ID: 2b7e:b685
    class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.13 compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0 driver:
    X: loaded: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa
    dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1200 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x317mm (20.00x12.48")
    s-diag: 599mm (23.57")
  Monitor-1: eDP-2 mapped: eDP-1 model: BOE Display NE160WUM-NX2 built: 2022
    res: 1920x1200 hz: 165 dpi: 141 gamma: 1.2 size: 345x215mm (13.58x8.46")
    diag: 407mm (16") ratio: 16:10 modes: max: 1920x1200 min: 640x480
  API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: amd radeonsi platforms: device: 0 drv: radeonsi
    device: 1 drv: radeonsi device: 2 drv: swrast surfaceless: drv: radeonsi
    x11: drv: radeonsi inactive: gbm,wayland
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: amd mesa v: 24.1.3-arch1.1
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: AMD Radeon 680M (radeonsi rembrandt
    LLVM 18.1.8 DRM 3.54 6.6.37-1-lts) device-ID: 1002:1681 memory: 500 MiB
    unified: no
Audio:
  Device-1: AMD Navi 31 HDMI/DP Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 8 bus-ID: 03:00.1
    chip-ID: 1002:ab30 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Rembrandt Radeon High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 77:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1640 class-ID: 0403
  Device-3: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: snd_pci_acp6x v: kernel alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x,
    snd_pci_acp5x, snd_acp_pci, snd_rpl_pci_acp6x, snd_pci_ps,
    snd_sof_amd_renoir, snd_sof_amd_rembrandt, snd_sof_amd_vangogh pcie:
    gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 77:00.5 chip-ID: 1022:15e2
    class-ID: 0480
  Device-4: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: ASUSTeK
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 77:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
  API: ALSA v: k6.6.37-1-lts status: kernel-api
    tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
  Server-1: sndiod v: N/A status: off tools: aucat,midicat,sndioctl
  Server-2: PipeWire v: 1.2.0 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
    status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
    4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8211/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: e000 bus-ID: 05:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno1 state: down mac: e8:9c:25:80:fe:a9
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8852BE PCIe 802.11ax Wireless Network
    vendor: AzureWave driver: rtw89_8852be v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: d000 bus-ID: 06:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:b852
    class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: f8:54:f6:c1:f6:1c
  Info: services: NetworkManager, systemd-timesyncd, wpa_supplicant
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: IMC Networks Bluetooth Radio driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
    rev: 1.0 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 5-1:2 chip-ID: 13d3:3571
    class-ID: e001 serial: 00e04c000001
  Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: F8:54:F6:C1:F6:1D
    bt-v: 5.3 lmp-v: 12 status: discoverable: yes pairing: yes class-ID: 6c010c
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 476.94 GiB used: 291.12 GiB (61.0%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Western Digital model: WD PC
    SN740 SDDPNQD-512G-1002 size: 476.94 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: 23232P803651
    fw-rev: 73101000 temp: 41.9 C scheme: GPT
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 475.94 GiB size: 467.4 GiB (98.21%)
    used: 290.95 GiB (62.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0 maj-min: 254:0
    mapped: luks-43df9ab0-a5fb-4db6-9f79-4e83838c9e9b
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: yes
    compressor: zstd max-pool: 20%
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 512 MiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
    file: /swapfile
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 58.1 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): N/A
  GPU: device: amdgpu temp: 58.0 C mem: 59.0 C fan: 0 watts: 19.00
    device: amdgpu temp: 54.0 C
Info:
  Memory: total: 16 GiB note: est. available: 14.87 GiB used: 6.44 GiB (43.3%)
  Processes: 398 Power: uptime: 37m states: freeze,mem,disk suspend: s2idle
    wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown, reboot, suspend, test_resume
    image: 5.94 GiB services: power-profiles-daemon, upowerd,
    xfce4-power-manager Init: systemd v: 256 default: graphical
    tool: systemctl
  Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1414 libs: 465 tools: yay Compilers:
    clang: 18.1.8 gcc: 14.1.1 Shell: Bash v: 5.2.26 running-in: xfce4-terminal
    inxi: 3.3.35

I have a very similar system to yours (inxi snippets below) and haven’t had any issues that I’ve noted in Plasma. For what that’s worth.

CPU:
  Info: 8-core model: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X bits: 64 type: MT MCP cache: L2: 8 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1248 min/max: 400/5573 cores: 1: 400 2: 3459 3: 400
    4: 400 5: 400 6: 400 7: 4376 8: 400 9: 400 10: 400 11: 400 12: 3414 13: 3933    14: 400 15: 400 16: 400
Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD Navi 33 [Radeon RX 7600/7600 XT/7600M XT/7600S/7700S / PRO  W7600] driver: amdgpu v: kernel
  Device-2: AMD Raphael driver: amdgpu v: kernel
  Display: wayland server: X.org v: 1.21.1.13 with: Xwayland v: 24.1.0    compositor: kwin_wayland driver: X: loaded: amdgpu
    unloaded: modesetting,radeon dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu,amdgpu
    resolution: 3440x1440
  API: EGL v: 1.5 drivers: radeonsi,swrast
    platforms: gbm,wayland,x11,surfaceless,device
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: amd mesa v: 24.1.3-arch1.1
    renderer: AMD Radeon RX 7600 (radeonsi navi33 LLVM 18.1.8 DRM 3.57
    6.9.7-arch1-1)
  API: Vulkan v: 1.3.279 drivers: amd surfaces: xcb,xlib,wayland

Thank you for a feedback! This is very strange. I can only say that I confirmed it being not a hardware issue, as I used to switch back to Windows 11 briefly, and there were no artifacts. As described in the previous issue, I faced these sporadic artifact manifestations on different distros and DEs.

They tend to be more likely when I use certain apps, such as Telegram, where the whole window might break for a few seconds, reminding a chess board, and turning back to normal before long.

Do you have a hybrid system, or is it a desktop PC?