AMDGPU-PRO BETA 2 Driver Is Playing Nicely On Ubuntu 16.04 With The R9 Fury
Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 23 May 2016 at 11:19 AM EDT. 45 Comments
RADEON --
Released on Saturday was the new AMDGPU-PRO Linux beta driver release for the AMD GCN 1.2 graphics cards. Given the time that's passed since the first beta of this "hybrid" open/closed driver stack, I've been running some fresh benchmarks.

Today or tomorrow I will have out some fresh open-source (Linux 4.6 + Mesa 11.3-dev) vs. AMDGPU-PRO 16.20.3 Beta benchmarks for OpenGL. Until then just wanted to pass along that the testing has been going smooth. With this new beta, the complete AMDGPU-PRO beta stack plays nicely on Ubuntu 16.04 rather than the DKMS AMDGPU module breaking when building against the default Xenial's Linux 4.4 kernel build.


There's OpenGL 4.5 thus working for Fiji and Tonga. The open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D stack is meanwhile catching up with basically being at OpenGL 4.3 but will not be at OpenGL 4.5 in a stable Mesa release until at least September.


The AMDGPU-PRO OpenCL stack is also working out better than the current open-source Clover-based GPGPU implementation.


Stay tuned for the benchmark results shortly. If you want to give the new AMDGPU-PRO driver a go, be sure you are on a GCN 1.2 GPU and if that's the case it should play quite nicely on Ubuntu -- but given the packaging is designed still around Debian/Ubuntu, your mileage may vary on other Linux distributions.
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