I’ve been using a tool called
radeontop for years to monitor the performance and utilization of my AMD GPUs on Linux. It’s a TUI-based application that renders the value of different performance counters as bar charts:
For the most part, it does a good job and it provides a concise overview of GPU utilization.
However, it seems that
radeontopis no longer actively developed/updated.
It’s received ~7 commits in the past ~3 years and although it does still mostly work even with the latest GPUs like the 7900 XTX, but it’s not under active development.
Today, I discovered an alternative tool that does all of the same things as
radeontop and more:
amdgpu_top. It’s actively developed with commits in the past couple of weeks at the time of writing this.
It is written in Rust, and so was extremely easy to install:
cargo install amdgpu_top
Here’s what its UI looks like:
As you can see, there’s a ton more data available! One immediate benefit is the process list which shows which processes are consuming what GPU resources. This is extremely useful and something I had no ability to see with
The sensors view is also extremely useful.
radeontop had no way to track GPU temperature, but here
amdgpu_top provides that along with block rates, power metrics, and more.
For the displayed performance counters, I think they’re using the same underlying data with some differences in naming and grouping. I think that
radeontop is slightly more granular with the performance counters, but I honestly have no idea what half of those counters even track so having a bit of a coarser view is actually beneficial to me.
Another big upgrade that
amdgpu_top provides is a fully-fledged GUI application as an alternative to their default TUI view. It can be accessed by launching
It’s quite dense, but that’s because it’s packed with so much information. Having the ability to track GPU utilization over time is a hugely useful feature, and as such I’ll probably end up using the GUI mode most often when I use
So yeah, personally I see no way at all in which
radeontop wins over
amdgpu_top seems like a clear upgrade in every way, and I’ll not be looking back personally.
I’ll admit that as an avid Rust programmer, I’m slightly biased since
amdgpu_top is written in Rust and
radeontop is in C, but even besides that it’s just a better, more feature-rich, and modern tool.
If you’re interested in tracking performance for your AMD GPU, give
amdgpu_top a try for sure!