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AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver released

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AMD have released their AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver which includes a few important fixes as well as official support for Ubuntu 16.04.2 64bit. It should also fix a Mad Max Vulkan issue.

The changelog is small as usual for the PRO driver and doesn't really go into any great detail.

Reported issues fixed:
  • System fails to boot to operating system with Display Port 1.2 enabled on RHEL 7.3.
  • Intermittent screen corruption on system restart after manually switching to AMD performance mode. System operates normally afterwards.


It doesn't specifically note it, but this driver should also include a fix for Mad Max on Vulkan being too dark. Let us know in the comments if you still have that issue when using this driver. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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mas886 7 April 2017 at 9:07 pm UTC
Is there any reason why should I use PRO drivers instead of the open ones?
Leopard 7 April 2017 at 10:08 pm UTC
mas886Is there any reason why should I use PRO drivers instead of the open ones?

If you're not interested with CAD like applications ; no. Stick with open source ones.
aka_alarm 7 April 2017 at 10:11 pm UTC
mas886Is there any reason why should I use PRO drivers instead of the open ones?

Well, it allows you to use your GPU as compute device for Cycles in Blender, for example. Or use filmic-blender. =)

But open driver is better for gaming in my case. =) Dirt Showdown, Hitman, Serious Sam and Mad Max work more smoothly with it.
Guest 7 April 2017 at 11:30 pm UTC
Not knocking this 'news' but might it be better to only report on Interesting MESA / AMDGPU updates on a Linux gaming site where the majority of gamers should be using the FOSS driver, which is better for gaming and officially supported by companies like Feral ? It wouldnt be good to confuse new Linux AMD users any more than they have to be given the multiple naming schemes and combos when talking about the AMD Linux GPU drivers. In fact AMDGPU-Pro drivers do not work properly on some distros and also require downloading and manually installing which is the kind of headache that really puts people off Linux usage in general.

A simple PPA of AMDGPU/MESA or in arch/antergos/manjaros case them being supplied as standard as those distros are newer should be all that is needed.

imo of couse
TheRiddick 7 April 2017 at 11:32 pm UTC
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mirv 8 April 2017 at 8:42 am UTC
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meggermanNot knocking this 'news' but might it be better to only report on Interesting MESA / AMDGPU updates on a Linux gaming site where the majority of gamers should be using the FOSS driver, which is better for gaming and officially supported by companies like Feral ? It wouldnt be good to confuse new Linux AMD users any more than they have to be given the multiple naming schemes and combos when talking about the AMD Linux GPU drivers. In fact AMDGPU-Pro drivers do not work properly on some distros and also require downloading and manually installing which is the kind of headache that really puts people off Linux usage in general.

A simple PPA of AMDGPU/MESA or in arch/antergos/manjaros case them being supplied as standard as those distros are newer should be all that is needed.

imo of couse

the -pro driver updates are fairly rare, and in this case have fixes for at least one game. Then there are things like compat OpenGL contexts not being available through Mesa, so if a game needs that then you're stuck with -pro, and the -pro Vulkan implementation is still ahead of radv (not that I've found a game where that actually matters). Then there's freesync support as well.

So there are reasons a new amdgpu-pro driver is of interest to GNU/Linux people, be it for desktop, developing, or gaming.
MayeulC 8 April 2017 at 9:27 am UTC
aka_alarm
mas886Is there any reason why should I use PRO drivers instead of the open ones?

Well, it allows you to use your GPU as compute device for Cycles in Blender, for example. Or use filmic-blender. =)

But open driver is better for gaming in my case. =) Dirt Showdown, Hitman, Serious Sam and Mad Max work more smoothly with it.

Quick note: You can also install the AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL part, and still use the open drivers for OpenGL

For arch: install opencl-amd from AUR (source).
Mordrag 8 April 2017 at 11:09 am UTC
Still no Support for my r9 270x ;(
Guest 8 April 2017 at 12:27 pm UTC
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meggermanNot knocking this 'news' but might it be better to only report on Interesting MESA / AMDGPU updates on a Linux gaming site where the majority of gamers should be using the FOSS driver, which is better for gaming and officially supported by companies like Feral ? It wouldnt be good to confuse new Linux AMD users any more than they have to be given the multiple naming schemes and combos when talking about the AMD Linux GPU drivers. In fact AMDGPU-Pro drivers do not work properly on some distros and also require downloading and manually installing which is the kind of headache that really puts people off Linux usage in general.

A simple PPA of AMDGPU/MESA or in arch/antergos/manjaros case them being supplied as standard as those distros are newer should be all that is needed.

imo of couse

the -pro driver updates are fairly rare, and in this case have fixes for at least one game. Then there are things like compat OpenGL contexts not being available through Mesa, so if a game needs that then you're stuck with -pro, and the -pro Vulkan implementation is still ahead of radv (not that I've found a game where that actually matters). Then there's freesync support as well.

So there are reasons a new amdgpu-pro driver is of interest to GNU/Linux people, be it for desktop, developing, or gaming.

Fair Point

I actually have had to run AMDGPU-Pro in the recent past as one of my machines isn't properly supported yet on AMDGPU. Although that might be to do with it being on Mint and Mint being far behind in kernal/mesa updates.
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