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NVIDIA 450.56.02 Vulkan Beta Driver is out for Linux

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NVIDIA continue expanding their Linux driver support, with a fresh Vulkan Beta Driver going live today.

In terms of overall changes, it's quite a small one as NVIDIA continue firming up further Vulkan API support with two new extensions now available. Both of which landed with the Vulkan 1.2.148 specification update, which was released on July 19, here they are:

Additionally, a Linux-specific fix made it in which was "Fixed flipping behavior of X11 swapchains that have more than 2 images". You can see the NVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver any time here.


Reminder: you know it's a special Beta driver thanks to the additional two numbers on the end of the version string, with the newest stable version of the NVIDIA driver for Linux at 450.57 which released on July 9. 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.

If you just want to know when a new stable driver is released, you can follow our dedicated Drivers tag.

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6 comments

TheRiddick 21 Jul, 2020
Lots of added extension support appearing in NVIDIA drivers lately, really interested in seeing games and such actually benefit/use these things.
Beamboom 21 Jul, 2020
Looks like Nvidia is ramping up their game now that ATI is starting to close in on them.
Hori 21 Jul, 2020
Quoting: BeamboomLooks like Nvidia is ramping up their game now that ATI is starting to close in on them.
It took a while to remember what ATI means :D
I wasn't into building computers back then (nor did I have money for it) so this name sounds strange to me, even tho I did have an ATI card when I was a kid


Last edited by Hori on 21 July 2020 at 12:06 pm UTC
DoctorJunglist 21 Jul, 2020
It's already available on Solus for users of the unstable repo.

Works great with Red Dead Redemption 2.


Last edited by DoctorJunglist on 21 July 2020 at 6:37 pm UTC
Beamboom 22 Jul, 2020
Quoting: Hori
Quoting: BeamboomLooks like Nvidia is ramping up their game now that ATI is starting to close in on them.
It took a while to remember what ATI means :D
I wasn't into building computers back then (nor did I have money for it) so this name sounds strange to me, even tho I did have an ATI card when I was a kid

Ah haha that's actually quite funny! I meant to write AMD of course 😂 but yeah I'm definitely showing my age now 🤣👍
jens 22 Jul, 2020
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Quoting: BeamboomLooks like Nvidia is ramping up their game now that ATI is starting to close in on them.

Well, the Vulkan beta driver has been there since ages and usually you’ll see a new release the day Vulkan spec updates are published with new extensions for desktop usage.
This driver branch just got a bit more attention lately :)
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