NVIDIA have released a small and sweet update to their developer focused Vulkan Beta driver series with 455.46.04 out now for Linux.
Here's the changelog:
- VK_NV_acquire_winrt_display [Windows]
- Fixed a crash from vkCreateGraphicsPipelines when certain blend operations were used with scalar outputs from the fragment shader
- Fixed the X driver's composition pipeline (used, e.g., for X desktop rotation, "ForceCompositionPipeline", and some OpenGL Swap Group configurations) to correctly preserve color precision in depth 30 [Linux]
You can find the NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver here.
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 mainline drivers (either stable or beta).
Just recently, NVIDIA actually changed how they describe all their driver releases too which should make things a bit less confusing. Previously you had this Vulkan developer beta, then their mainline drivers had a "long lived" series and then a "short lived" series. The difference of which NVIDIA explained before 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.
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.
They've now moved to calling the different branches as "Production Branch" and "New Feature Branch" (shown here), so the meaning on each is at least a lot more clear now. The latest Production Branch level driver is at 450.80.02 from September 30 and then the New Feature Branch at 455.45.01 from November 17.
On top of that, there's also the very latest on their mainline drivers with the Beta release 460.27.04 from December 15.