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NVIDIA have just recently released two new drivers for Linux users, with the main series now being at 430.09 adding new GPU support and the Vulkan beta driver 418.52.05 giving ray-tracing to some older GPUs.

Firstly, the Vulkan beta driver 418.52.05 was actually released last week, which adds support for the "VK_NV_ray_tracing" extension for certain older graphics cards including the TITAN Xp, TITAN X,  1080, 1070, 1060, TITAN V and 1660 (along with Ti models). It also adds support for the "VK_NV_coverage_reduction_mode" extension, which doesn't seem to have any documentation up just yet. They also cited "minor performance improvements" and two bug fixes.

Additionally, just today NVIDIA also put out the mainline 430.09 driver to add support for the recently launched 1650 and 1660 models.

This driver also now has HEVC YUV 4:4:4 decode support to the NVIDIA VDPAU driver, along with support for creation of YUV 4:4:4 video surfaces in the NVIDIA VDPAU driver. On top of that this driver also now supports the GL_NV_vdpau_interop2 OpenGL extension, the nvidia installer has better support for openSUSE Leap 15 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 and they also upped the minimum supported X.Org xserver version to 1.7.

There's more, so do see the 430.09 release notes here.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Drivers, NVIDIA
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Beamboom 23 Apr, 2019
It doesn't look like an essential upgrade to me, unless you got the listed hardware?
Liam Dawe 23 Apr, 2019
Quoting: BeamboomIt doesn't look like an essential upgrade to me, unless you got the listed hardware?
Nothing truly essential this time around no.
Patola 23 Apr, 2019
Wasn't 418.56 the latest version of driver 418? How can the numbers decrease?
serge 23 Apr, 2019
Quoting: PatolaWasn't 418.56 the latest version of driver 418? How can the numbers decrease?

418.56 was a stable release, 418.52.05 is a beta release based on an older branch.
Pinguino 23 Apr, 2019
Quoting: serge418.56 was a stable release, 418.52.05 is a beta release based on an older branch.

Wait, so what does that make version 430? Super stable? :P
serge 23 Apr, 2019
Quoting: wleoncioWait, so what does that make version 430? Super stable? :P

According to this link 418.56 is the current long-lived branch, and that probably make 430.09 the new current official release, but the page did not seems to be up to date.

I guess none of them are super stable and come with it's own batch of bugs :)
axredneck 23 Apr, 2019
Quoting: serge418.52.05 is a beta release based on an older branch.
418.52.05 is Vulkan beta
p.s. Is this 430.09 beta?


Last edited by axredneck on 23 April 2019 at 7:25 pm UTC
slaapliedje 23 Apr, 2019
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Just wish I could fix my Vive Pro from having a flashing line across the screen. Not sure if it is the nvidia driver or not yet. Works fine In Windows.
Skipperro 24 Apr, 2019
OK, I've got Titan Xp, is there any game or demo where I could test ray-tracing on Linux?
Liam Dawe 24 Apr, 2019
Quoting: axredneck
Quoting: serge418.52.05 is a beta release based on an older branch.
418.52.05 is Vulkan beta
p.s. Is this 430.09 beta?
According to this page https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/1050666/b/t/post/5332260/#5332260 which was a little late appearing this time, it is a beta driver yeah.
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