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DXVK [GitHub], the awesome project that has helped push Linux gaming further has a new release out and it sounds pretty huge.

Firstly, for Unreal Engine 4 titles (and several other unnamed games) DXVK 1.1 has "Queries" re-implemented which should allow for improved GPU utilization. The feature is widely used apparently, so it may help quite a number of games. DXVK also now comes with basic support for Predication based on the new query stuffs.

Another major difference is that DXVK 1.1 uses "in-memory compression for shader code", which should result in games with a large number of shaders seeing reduced memory utilization. However, it may increase shader compile times "slightly". Games noted to benefit include Overwatch, Quake Champions and Dishonored 2 seeing "several hundred Megabytes of RAM" savings.

Additional changes noted:

  • Includes all fixes from Version 1.0.2.
  • DXVK DLLs now include version information, which some games may rely upon (#980, PR #993)
  • Minor optimizations for multisample resolve operations, presentation, and other things.
  • Fixed various crashes when using the Windows version of RenderDoc inside wine (#877)
  • Dark Souls Remastered and Grim Dawn: Added workaround for rendering issues on Nvidia GPUs (#405, PR #896)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: Improved overall performance by 5-10%.

See the full changelog here. It does note that for all the new features to be properly supported, you will need at least Wine 4.5 or Proton 4.2 and Nvidia 418.49.4 or Mesa 19.1-git drivers. If you don't have a driver that supports "VK_EXT_host_query_reset", certain games like Quake Champions may perform worse.

The progress DXVK has made is absolutely insane, great stuff that will continue to benefit Linux for a long time. Hopefully the next Steam Play update will pull this in after it's been thoroughly tested.

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arzardk 6 April 2019 at 7:01 pm UTC
Awesome news!
Spoiler, click me
Anyone knows where i can get latest Nvidia 418.49.4 Vulkan drivers for Ubuntu except from the Nvidia site? I know about ppa:graphics-drivers/dev but it seems like this ppa is abandoned since October.
MayeulC 6 April 2019 at 7:05 pm UTC
You might want to note the following:

QuoteNote: For best performance, both your Wine version and graphics driver must support VK_EXT_host_query_reset. This new extension is available in Wine 4.5 as well as Proton 4.2, and on the following drivers:

AMD / Intel: Mesa 19.1-git
Nvidia: 418.49.4

Without this extension, certain games, such as Quake Champions, may perform significantly worse than with DXVK 1.0!
Liam Dawe 6 April 2019 at 7:20 pm UTC
MayeulCYou might want to note the following:

QuoteNote: For best performance, both your Wine version and graphics driver must support VK_EXT_host_query_reset. This new extension is available in Wine 4.5 as well as Proton 4.2, and on the following drivers:

AMD / Intel: Mesa 19.1-git
Nvidia: 418.49.4

Without this extension, certain games, such as Quake Champions, may perform significantly worse than with DXVK 1.0!
The driver info was already there, I added a note about QC.
VodkaChicken 6 April 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
arzardkAwesome news!
Spoiler, click me
Anyone knows where i can get latest Nvidia 418.49.4 Vulkan drivers for Ubuntu except from the Nvidia site? I know about ppa:graphics-drivers/dev but it seems like this ppa is abandoned since October.
Use the non-dev branch of the ppa https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
I've had issues with xorg dying on me randomly with 418.56 though.


Last edited by VodkaChicken at 6 April 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 6 April 2019 at 7:52 pm UTC
VodkaChicken
arzardkAwesome news!
Spoiler, click me
Anyone knows where i can get latest Nvidia 418.49.4 Vulkan drivers for Ubuntu except from the Nvidia site? I know about ppa:graphics-drivers/dev but it seems like this ppa is abandoned since October.
Use the non-dev branch of the ppa https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
I've had issues with xorg dying on me randomly with 418.56 though.
This comes up often, that's the wrong PPA which does not include and never has included the vulkan beta driver that's needed. The one that does have them, as the other posts said, seems to no longer be updating.
alexbrrsclnt 6 April 2019 at 8:18 pm UTC
liamdawe
VodkaChicken
arzardkAwesome news!
Spoiler, click me
Anyone knows where i can get latest Nvidia 418.49.4 Vulkan drivers for Ubuntu except from the Nvidia site? I know about ppa:graphics-drivers/dev but it seems like this ppa is abandoned since October.
Use the non-dev branch of the ppa https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
I've had issues with xorg dying on me randomly with 418.56 though.
This comes up often, that's the wrong PPA which does not include and never has included the vulkan beta driver that's needed. The one that does have them, as the other posts said, seems to no longer be updating.

That is the PPA that I have been using for ages since I started to use ubuntu. So then, which is the good one?
Liam Dawe 6 April 2019 at 8:25 pm UTC
alexbrrsclntThat is the PPA that I have been using for ages since I started to use ubuntu. So then, which is the good one?
The normal PPA is usually the one you want, except in the case of the special vulkan beta drivers which used to be on https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/dev but they stopped updating it.
tonyrh 6 April 2019 at 8:33 pm UTC
liamdawe
alexbrrsclntThat is the PPA that I have been using for ages since I started to use ubuntu. So then, which is the good one?
The normal PPA is usually the one you want, except in the case of the special vulkan beta drivers which used to be on https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/dev but they stopped updating it.

Sorry for being dumb, but what's "the normal PPA"?

Edit: I'm using this one: http://ppa.launchpad.net/graphics-drivers/ppa/ubuntu


Last edited by tonyrh at 6 April 2019 at 8:34 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 6 April 2019 at 8:39 pm UTC
Normal: https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Vulkan beta drivers (no longer updated): https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/dev
alexbrrsclnt 6 April 2019 at 8:53 pm UTC
Ok, then I'm good with the correct one. Current newer version for nvidia is 418.56, but at least keeps with the upgrades.

Thanks!
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