RADV Fast Clears Land In Mesa Git, Fresh Vulkan Linux Benchmarks Imminent
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 7 February 2017 at 05:31 PM EST. 9 Comments
MESA --
As a quick update to yesterday's article about RADV fast clears by default was being proposed, that change-over just happened in Mesa 17.1-devel Git.

The patch by Bas Nieuwenhuizen enables fast clears by default, now that both The Talos Principle and Dota 2 are working with this potentially performance-boosting feature for this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver. There were quickly sign-offs by the other involved RADV developers and a few minutes ago landed in Mesa Git.

So if pulling down the latest Mesa 17.1-devel code, this performance-affecting feature is now on for Git.

In the next day or two I'll have a Mesa 13 vs. 17.0 vs. 17.1-devel (Git of tonight/tomorrow) Intel/Radeon Vulkan comparison of sorts... It's been what feels like a long two weeks or so since last running any interesting Vulkan Linux driver benchmarks, so that will change beginning tonight as I'm just about done with a large multi-CPU multi-GPU Linux gaming comparison that is going up shortly. If any premium supporters have other test requests, let me know as always.

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