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NVIDIA have now updated their super special Vulkan Beta Driver branch adding in support for the latest GPU release with the GeForce RTX 3070.

Here's the highlights of 455.34.01:

  • New:
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 support
  • Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue with VK_ACCESS_MEMORY_{READ,WRITE}_BITs when used as part of a render pass
    • Fixed an issue where Vulkan applications would fail to initialize if the connected X11 Server did not expose support for GLX [Linux]

Reminder: This special Vulkan beta driver is where all the shiny new stuff goes in before making its way into the stable release for everyone. Really, it's mostly aimed at developers and serious enthusiasts. Unless you need what's in them, it's generally best to use the stable drivers.

The newest stable versions of the main NVIDIA driver for Linux are at 450.80.02 released on September 30 from their "long lived" series or 455.38 released on October 30 from their "short lived" series. Confused? 

The difference can be a little confusing, NVIDIA explained the difference between short / long lived drivers as:

Any given release branch is either long-lived or short-lived. The difference is in how long the branch is maintained and how many releases are made from each branch. A short-lived branch typically has only one or two (non-beta) releases, while long-lived branches will have several.
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When we make changes to the driver, we evaluate the oldest branch the change needs to go into. New features go into whatever the latest branch is, while bug fixes go into the older branches and are integrated through the newer branches. So using a short-lived branch doesn’t mean that you miss out on fixes, it just means that you also get the latest features.

You can find the NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver here

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robvv 3 Nov, 2020
Thanks for the tip. I've installed this driver on my OpenSuSE Tumbleweed system this afternoon, which uses a 5.9 kernel. So far I haven't noticed any issues, but then I don't use CUDA!
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