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Probably one of the more interesting releases of SteamOS recently. SteamOS 2.80 is now in beta which brings with it some fun changes for AMD GPU users.

Major changes for this update is the inclusion of the new RC1 AMD GPU PRO driver with Vulkan and VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API) support.

This new AMD driver is currently only enabled for the "Bonaire" generation. It will be rolled out for others as AMD finishes up testing on it.

Hopefully they will also get around to updating the old Nvidia driver currently included too.

It also brings in security fixes and other general package updates.

You can find the release notes here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: AMD, Beta, Steam, SteamOS
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PublicNuisance 27 May, 2016
I'm really pulling for AMD to knock these new drivers out of the park. I want my future GPU purchases to be AMD but not if the performance isn't close to Nvidia.
Cestarian 30 May, 2016
PublicNuisanceI'm really pulling for AMD to knock these new drivers out of the park. I want my future GPU purchases to be AMD but not if the performance isn't close to Nvidia.

It kinda already is close to Nvidia, not as good as Nvidia, but close. Thing is that Nvidia always had better OpenGL support, and at a glance, looks like Nvidia might repeat this with Vulkan whereas AMD is seemingly more focused on being a dx12 slut.
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