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AMD release the AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver with Vulkan support for Linux

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AMD fans, today is your day to shine. AMD have released what they are calling " AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver, quite the mouthful.

It's compatible with these chips currently:
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 380X Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 Fury Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 380 Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 Nano Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 285 Graphics
AMD Radeon R9 M395X Graphics

It only officially supports Ubuntu 14.04.4 (64-bit version). I imagine that will change soon with the release of Ubuntu 16.04.

It's a full driver which supports these APIs:
- ​OpenGL 4.5 and GLX 1.4
- OpenCL 1.2
- Vulkan 1.0

Find their release notes and all the official info here. There are a bunch of issues and limitations you should read up on before trying it. Article taken from
Tags: AMD, Vulkan
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SXX 22 Mar, 2016
Quoting: DaifucoI dont quite understand why this driver could not work with the R9 290 and 390... Well apart because it is AMD and they love random failure.
It does work. Read comments. ;)
pete910 22 Mar, 2016
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Well, going on these results

It's looking good for both camps, AMD especially.
boltronics 24 Mar, 2016
Interestingly, I'm now seeing issues with my R9 285 on Debian Testing using the fully free software stack which I did not before. Crashes after just a couple of seconds of rendering a game. I suspect it might be related to a kernel upgrade, so might see if I can narrow down the problem over the Easter break.

Maybe the issue I'm seeing is just a regression in a recent AMDGPU patch.
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