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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.”

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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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dubigrasu 17 February 2016 at 7:44 am UTC
While waiting for AMD

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Pecisk 17 February 2016 at 9:16 am UTC
SabunI 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.

According to devs they never said AMDGPU supports only GCN 1.2/1.1. Vulkan support to be tied with AMDGPU was known for 2 months already. And first Vulkan driver will be binary, sitting on the top of AMDGPU.
Sabun 17 February 2016 at 1:11 pm 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.

I took a leap of faith with Vulkan. I really believed they'd change their Linux support behaviour, given that they had knowledge of Mantle and Vulkan long before their competitors. With so much edge, I honestly thought they'd pull this one through. It is my mistake this time. There won't be a next time.

PeciskAccording to devs they never said AMDGPU supports only GCN 1.2/1.1. Vulkan support to be tied with AMDGPU was known for 2 months already. And first Vulkan driver will be binary, sitting on the top of AMDGPU.

There was supposed to be a day-one proprietary driver for Linux, yet we have nothing right now. There is no excuse anymore.
nifker 17 February 2016 at 6:41 pm UTC
I'm interested about the intel drivers and which minimum CPU you need.
leillo1975 24 February 2016 at 5:46 pm UTC
dubigrasuWhile waiting for AMD

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I follow this tutorial ( ) , and finally, after a lot of problems and dependecies, I could compile the chopper demo, but when I execute gl_vk_chopper I have a pretty black window.
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