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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
- VDPAU

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 GamingOnLinux.com.
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ChloeWolfieGirl 18 March 2016 at 11:57 pm UTC
TIL Mines an AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB Idk how drivers usually go but does anyone know if AMD will add Vulkan support to this card?
SXX 19 March 2016 at 12:14 am UTC
mirvGuess they were waiting for amdgpu to be in an official kernel release.
Not really. Hybrid driver going to use out-of-tree kernel module that built with DKMS for quite some time. Many parts of AMDGPU nowhere near to get accepted into upstream, e.g DAL.

ChloeWolfieGirlTIL Mines an AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB Idk how drivers usually go but does anyone know if AMD will add Vulkan support to this card?
It's SI (GCN 1.0) card so it's currently unsupported within AMDGPU. Bridgman has said they looking for solution to support these GPUs in hybrid stack and said ask him week later, but keep in mind it's might take many months before that support appear.
amonobeax 19 March 2016 at 3:26 am UTC
Which game are in the horizon in terms of Vulkan? Dota 2 what else? Ashes of Singularity probably?

ll and all, it's so exciting to be a linux gamer right now!


Last edited by amonobeax at 19 March 2016 at 3:34 am UTC
drmoth 19 March 2016 at 3:43 am UTC
amonobeaxWhich game are in the horizon in terms of Vulkan? Dota 2 what else? Ashes of Singularity probably?

ll and all, it's so exciting to be a linux gamer right now!

The Talos Principle of course will have Vulkan support.

Banished is supposedly releasing on Linux with Vulkan support:
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/46o7g8/any_news_about_the_banished_linux_port_the_devlog/


Last edited by drmoth at 19 March 2016 at 3:44 am UTC
adolson 19 March 2016 at 4:03 am UTC
drmothThe Talos Principle of course already has Vulkan support (opt into the beta branch)
FTFY
ElectricPrism 19 March 2016 at 4:09 am UTC
srlsboyThese R9 cards aren't cheap. At newegg, they start at $175.

Wut? My video card bill this year was $800 for 2 rigs nvidia. That was the cost of gaming on linux with good performance.

I was expecting something between 400-600 ironically.

If AMD becomes the technically superior choice in hardware and driver I'll sell both nVidia cards and opt for maybe some 390s or Fury's


Last edited by ElectricPrism at 19 March 2016 at 4:23 am UTC
liamdawe 19 March 2016 at 7:58 am UTC
drmoth
amonobeaxWhich game are in the horizon in terms of Vulkan? Dota 2 what else? Ashes of Singularity probably?

ll and all, it's so exciting to be a linux gamer right now!

The Talos Principle of course will have Vulkan support.

Banished is supposedly releasing on Linux with Vulkan support:
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/46o7g8/any_news_about_the_banished_linux_port_the_devlog/

Did you read your own link properly? Banished is not doing Vulkan, it was a troll. Shining Rock is one guy, and his name isn't Jeff.
Sbrega82 19 March 2016 at 11:22 am UTC
R9 290x here a top end card form the previous gen....... I hope a compatibility will come soon
Armand Raynal 19 March 2016 at 12:58 pm UTC
Sbrega82R9 290x here a top end card form the previous gen....... I hope a compatibility will come soon
Here too. Keeping a windows partition to play XCOM 2 in ultra.
Swiftpaw 19 March 2016 at 1:14 pm UTC
Will be waiting for performance comparisons between NVIDIA and AMD now.
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