The Updated AMD Polaris Firmware Blobs Needed For RX 480 Support Land
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 28 June 2016 at 03:50 PM EDT. 59 Comments
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One day ahead of the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch, the necessary firmware updates for the production graphics card support have landed in linux-firmware.git.

A few days back I outlined the requirements for the open-source RX 480 Linux support. Besides needing a Linux kernel branch, Mesa Git, and more, newer AMDGPU firmware files are needed beyond what's been distributed via linux-firmware.git. These updated firmware files were available via the radeon_ucode HTTP/FTP directory while as of this afternoon they have landed in the official Git tree.

So if you plan on picking up a Radeon RX 480 for Linux this week or in the near future, be sure to get the latest Linux-Firmware Git if you are wanting to use the fully open driver stack.

Benchmarks coming up tomorrow at 9.00 EST!

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