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Nvidia release Linux beta driver with Vulkan

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Well, this is awkward, Nvidia have also released a driver on Linux with Vulkan support. This leaves AMD to be the only desktop GPU vendor not to have one ready for testing on Linux. When amdgpu is out though, AMD will be back in the game.

Neil TrevettIf you’re a GeForce gamer, you already have what you need to take advantage of what the Vulkan API can do. If you’re a developer, you will now have the choice of a new tool that will give you more control, and greater performance, on a broad range of devices.

Our support for Vulkan, on the day it launches, not just on multiple platforms, but in cutting-edge games such as The Talos Principle, has some of the industry’s most respected observers taking notice.

“To be able to play a game like The Talos Principle on the same day an API launches, is an unheard of achievement,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “NVIDIA’s multi-platform compatibility and fully conformant driver support across many operating systems is a testament to the company’s leadership role in Vulkan’s development.”

- See more at: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2016/02/16/vulkan-graphics-api/#sthash.6dN2jv56.dpuf

Source article about Vulkan from Nvidia.

Supported cards:
QuoteQuadro Series: Quadro M6000, Quadro M5000, Quadro M4000, Quadro K6000, Quadro K5200, Quadro K5000, Quadro K4000, Quadro K4200, Quadro K2200, Quadro K2000, Quadro K2000D, Quadro K1200, Quadro K620, Quadro K420
Quadro Series (Notebooks): Quadro K5100M, Quadro K5000M, Quadro K4100M, Quadro K4000M, Quadro K3100M, Quadro K2200M, Quadro K2100M, Quadro K3000M, Quadro K2000M, Quadro K1100M, Quadro K1000M, Quadro K620M, Quadro K610M, Quadro K510M, Quadro K500M

GeForce 900 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN X, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 960, GeForce GTX 950

GeForce 700 Series: GeForce GTX TITAN Z, GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM), GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, GeForce GTX 745, GeForce GT 740, GeForce GT 730, GeForce GT 720, GeForce GT 710, GeForce GT 705

GeForce 600 Series: GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GTX 645, GeForce GT 645, GeForce GT 640, GeForce GT 630


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neowiz73 16 February 2016 at 11:31 pm UTC
TealIt's very simple. They forked the driver at 355 and implemented Vulkan in the splintered fork, probably beginning with that months ago. Then, 358 and 361 happened independently on that, but they haven't yet bothered with porting the changes over to the new versions of the driver.

Long story short, yes, you have to downgrade your driver to get Vulkan support right now, and considering there's only one single application on Linux capable of utilizing it outside of the SDK, unless you really feel the need to be among the first to test Talos principle, or (actually nevermind, Talos principle beta only runs on Windows for now. There's currently ZERO Vulkan capable Linux apps outside of the samples and the SDK) unless you are a developer who's about to leap into Vulkan development themselves, just wait till Vulkan makes it up into the main branch, you aren't missing out for now.

yeah i understand what's going on but it would seemingly make more sense with the 361 series to beta test since it's already a "beta" driver anyway. but whichever... nvidia has their reasons I'm sure. i don't mind having to downgrade though to test things out when the games start to show support.
leillo1975 17 February 2016 at 12:01 am UTC
Pecisk
leillo1975I ser that the Vulkan beta driver is 355.00. I have installed in my system 361.28. Are my driver Vulkan ready or only the driver 355 are capable?

You have to install Vulkan beta driver 355.00. It seems Vulkan API Is just added to older version of driver as it is for testing. When it will be OKed by QA, they will add it to latest driver release.

Thanks a lot. I would test Vulkan samples. I will try to install Ubuntu 14.04 in a USB and then install the 355.00 driver
Guest 17 February 2016 at 12:11 am UTC
seeing as 355.11 is the most stable driver, calling it a downgrade is a bit far fetched. No performance improvements have come along since that AFAIK.

does it support the 4.2.0-27 kernal that Mint/Manjaro offer as the latest option ?
GNUzel 17 February 2016 at 12:50 am UTC
I hope it ACTUALLY supports my GTX 690, and not just a tiny piece of the card like all the other drivers/openGL
Crazy Penguin 17 February 2016 at 1:02 am UTC
PeciskI really don't understand why people keep making big deal out of Nvidia/AMD situation. Yes, currently, AMD is lagging behind.

AMD is lagging behind for over 10 years. They making lots of promises and have delivered almost nothing!
Sabun 17 February 2016 at 1:58 am UTC
I am severely disappointed. Vulkan is AMD's brainchild. They have no excuse to be behind this time.

It looks like they didn't even have a contingency plan (proprietary driver). Now I cannot trust them when they say they might be able to support 300 series cards and older with AMDGPU. Vulkan was supposed to be supported via their proprietary driver, yet here we are with nothing.

Why does it matter if AMDGPU supports more than just GCN 1.2? Vulkan support is tied to AMDGPU now apparently.
adolson 17 February 2016 at 3:43 am UTC
SabunNow I cannot trust them when they say

You are only learning now that you can't trust AMD's promises? This is the reason I've only bought NVIDIA for as long as I can remember. This is nothing new, and I don't care what the AMD diehard believers say. They've proven themselves over and over and over again; exactly what they're proving, I have not fully decided, but it's either disdain for Linux or complete ineptitude.
stss 17 February 2016 at 6:38 am UTC
But is AMD really even behind? I think the release of drivers supporting a new API would naturally follow the release of the API.
Maybe NVidia has just pushed forward so fast as a marketing move to make everyone think "Oh look, AMD is behind again" and if that was their plan then it looks like it worked judging by the comments.

NVidia just showed up to the party early, and now we're all awkwardly sitting around without anything to actually do waiting for the other guests to arrive. Because the only game that supports Vulkan (windows only) wasn't even really designed to take advantage of vulkan yet (and as someone put it, is just a proof of concept).
The party hasn't started yet and AMD might still show up on time.


Last edited by stss at 17 February 2016 at 6:42 am UTC
nocri 17 February 2016 at 7:18 am UTC
stssBut is AMD really even behind? I think the release of drivers supporting a new API would naturally follow the release of the API.
Maybe NVidia has just pushed forward so fast as a marketing move to make everyone think "Oh look, AMD is behind again" and if that was their plan then it looks like it worked judging by the comments.

NVidia just showed up to the party early, and now we're all awkwardly sitting around without anything to actually do waiting for the other guests to arrive. Because the only game that supports Vulkan (windows only) wasn't even really designed to take advantage of vulkan yet (and as someone put it, is just a proof of concept).
The party hasn't started yet and AMD might still show up on time.

I wouldn't say it is good comparison. As for now, developers can only test their code against NVIDIA, so they will learn to find fast paths on NVIDIA cards, they will writes books, guides and howtos based on NVIDIA cards and again ppl start to complain, "oh but my Radeon is so much faster than GF but the developers are bad people corrupted by NVIDIA!"
Robert 17 February 2016 at 7:27 am UTC
Don't forget Intel.
https://01.org/linuxgraphics/blogs/jekstrand/2016/open-source-vulkan-drivers-intel-hardware

I also think AMD is lagging behind, as usual.
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