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Nvidia Vulkan Driver updated

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Heads up Vulkan testers, Nvidia has updated their beta Vulkan driver for Linux. It should work better with newer kernels too.

QuoteFebruary 23rd, Windows 356.43, Linux 355.00.28

Add support for 64-bit vertex attribute formats
Improve performance of vkBindBufferMemory, vkBindImageMemory and vkCreateGraphicsPipelines
No longer enumerate Fermi based GPUs in vkEnumeratePhysicalDevices
Improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels


Go to Nvidia's site here for the details. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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leillo1975 24 February 2016 at 11:26 am UTC
The link to the driver downloads links to a 355.28 version

I'm stupid... I read the number of Windows version....


Last edited by leillo1975 at 24 February 2016 at 11:34 am UTC
neowiz73 24 February 2016 at 11:30 am UTC
I just noticed the Vulkan driver ppa for Ubuntu has a Trusty and Xenial build now. but they are still at the 355.00.26 version. should be updated soon I'd assume. makes me consider distro hopping to an Ubuntu flavor soon
janukato 24 February 2016 at 12:29 pm UTC
Compiles flawlessly now, but it seems it is not updated for recent xorg versions.
lucifertdark 24 February 2016 at 1:15 pm UTC
I'm using the 361.28 driver, that doesn't come with Vulkan I suppose? why do they make things so complicated?
STiAT 24 February 2016 at 1:50 pm UTC
And the performance dance begins . Let's see how far drivers and engines can push 3D performance with vulkan in 2016. I'm really looking forward to see performance growing in the (yet to be released) games using Vulkan.

And I really really do hope that Ashes of Singularity will do their engine in Vulkan for Linux (if they port it).
dubigrasu 24 February 2016 at 2:17 pm UTC
I have some promising results with this new driver, as in Vulkan is already faster:

OpenGL
Average: 81.4 FPS (86.1 w/o extremes)
Extremes: 254.6 max, 30.6 min
Highs: 523 in 3.5 seconds (150.4 FPS)
Lows: 738 in 14.5 seconds (51.0 FPS
30-60 FPS: 14%
+ 60 FPS: 86%
Vulkan
Average: 88.6 FPS (89.3 w/o extremes)
Extremes: 405.7 max, 9.0 min
Highs: 74 in 0.5 seconds (144.2 FPS)
Lows: 64 in 1.5 seconds (42.5 FPS)
+ 60 FPS: 100%

That was the Talos Principle benchmark BTW.
omer666 24 February 2016 at 3:33 pm UTC
dubigrasuI have some promising results with this new driver, as in Vulkan is already faster:

OpenGL
Average: 81.4 FPS (86.1 w/o extremes)
Extremes: 254.6 max, 30.6 min
Highs: 523 in 3.5 seconds (150.4 FPS)
Lows: 738 in 14.5 seconds (51.0 FPS
30-60 FPS: 14%
+ 60 FPS: 86%
Vulkan
Average: 88.6 FPS (89.3 w/o extremes)
Extremes: 405.7 max, 9.0 min
Highs: 74 in 0.5 seconds (144.2 FPS)
Lows: 64 in 1.5 seconds (42.5 FPS)
+ 60 FPS: 100%

That was the Talos Principle benchmark BTW.
Great results indeed!
Cybolic 24 February 2016 at 3:34 pm UTC
dubigrasuI have some promising results with this new driver, as in Vulkan is already faster: [...]

That was the Talos Principle benchmark BTW.
Considering that Talos isn't event optimised yet, but basically just running on a wrapper, that's quite impressive!
Kallestofeles 24 February 2016 at 5:36 pm UTC
lucifertdarkI'm using the 361.28 driver, that doesn't come with Vulkan I suppose? why do they make things so complicated?
I guess nVidia really wanted to be the first ones to deliver drivers out of the gate on Vulkan's launch, therefore they used their stable driver branch for the basis (at that time). Now they keep patching the old driver until it's stable enough to be patched into the mainline.
Lets hope that they have some good folk working on it and we'll get this soon... as of right now, I see no point in making workarounds like downgrading xorg or similar just to run 3-4 demos that nVidia has released. Though, should the Talos Principle release the Vulkan beta for linux - then I might give it a go.

Should anyone be interested in it on Arch, here's a good read:
https://www.reddit.com/r/archlinux/comments/464kw5/is_someone_working_on_vulkan_version_of_nvidia/
They have the PKGBUILD ready. Probably one would need to downgrade xorg and update the version in the PKGBUILD beforehand though.

neowiz73I just noticed the Vulkan driver ppa for Ubuntu has a Trusty and Xenial build now. but they are still at the 355.00.26 version. should be updated soon I'd assume. makes me consider distro hopping to an Ubuntu flavor soon
Don't do that if you're already on Arch - no point. See the link above. ;)


Last edited by Kallestofeles at 24 February 2016 at 5:39 pm UTC
Keyrock 24 February 2016 at 5:56 pm UTC
Still no vulkan driver in an Ubuntu 15.10 PPA *sniff sniff*

Oh well, by the time there is any compelling reason to run a Vulkan driver, 16.04 might already be fully released and I'll be runningsudo do-release-upgrade.


Last edited by Keyrock at 24 February 2016 at 5:58 pm UTC
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