The latest AMD Vulkan driver “AMDVLK” provides increased performance and graphical fixes for various games

Today, AMD is uploading a new AMD Vulkan driver, AMDVLK v-2022.Q4.3, which brings some recent performance updates on a few titles, as well as some graphical and inconsistency fixes for some game titles.

AMD Vulkan “AMDVLK” driver sees improvements, new features, and fixes graphical issues in a few titles in today’s release

Here is information about the new AMD Vulkan driver update, found on Github from AMD’s GPUOpen-Drivers Github.

New feature and improvement

  • Update Khronos Vulkan headers to 1.3.235
  • Performance tuning for WolfYB, Three Kingdoms, etc.
  • Extend NonBlockCompressedView to support view3dAs2dArray

fix the problem

  • Colorful flash in GTA IV
  • Lockdown in Doom Eternal
  • Failed to play Dota2 with AMDVLK when installing RADV
  • [PAL issues#91] AMDVLK driver exploits DRM_NODE_PRIMARY even when VK_KHR_display is not enabled

AMD has continued to promise transparency with the company’s coding, and this new update is no exception. AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan, AMDVLK, is the official open source Radeon graphics driver specifically designed for the Linux platform.

This new update tweaks the performance of Wolfenstein Youngblood and Total War: Three Kingdoms. The company doesn’t specify which other titles have boosted performance in this new update, but we’ll update with more information as more titles come out.

The new driver also fixes color flickering while playing Grand Theft Auto IV and graphical stuttering while playing DOOM Eternal. Finally, DOTA 2 can be played if the system has Radeon Vulkan ray tracing installed.

Michael Larabelle of Phoronix also notes that acceleration improvements have been made for titles under Windows run by Linux in the Steam Play ecosystem by Valve with the help of DXVK and VKD3D-Proton.

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AMDVLK driver is compatible with the following AMD graphics card series:

  • Radeon RX 6900/6800/6700/6600/6500 Series
  • Radeon RX 5700/5600/5500 series
  • Radeon RX Vega series
  • Radeon RX 400/500 series
  • Radeon Pro WX 9100 series, x200
  • Radeon Pro W5700 / W5500 series

AMD Vulkan driver is compatible with Ubuntu and Redhat distributions but has not been officially tested on other versions. The company warns users that they are free to use the driver in other distributions, but results may vary from each distribution.

To download the latest AMDVLK v-2022.Q4.3 from AMD, you can find the instructions and download the file here on the company’s GitHub page.

News sources: Phoronix, GitHub

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