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AMDVLK (Alternative Option to RADV)
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Name of Software: AMD Open Source Driver for Vulkan (AMDVLK)

Product Homepage:

Reasoning: AMDVLK performs better in certain areas where the current driver RADV does not. AMD Lists the following features.

Vulkan 1.1
More than 30 extensions
Radeon™ GPUProfiler tracing
Built-in debug and profiling tools
Mid-command buffer preemption and SR-IOV virtualization

This will add value to the Solus gaming experience as we would not be tied down to just RADV and have another option at our disposal that can be more performant on newer hardware. Also certain steam games via Steam Play such as Deep Rock Galactic have GPU Hangs with RADV over AMDVLK.

Is it open source: It is under the MIT license and available for building on github.

Github Link:

Event Timeline

Astilex created this task.Jan 23 2019, 9:12 PM
Astilex renamed this task from AMDVLK to AMDVLK (Alternitive Option to RADV).Jan 23 2019, 10:03 PM
mate-user renamed this task from AMDVLK (Alternitive Option to RADV) to AMDVLK (Alternative Option to RADV).Jan 24 2019, 9:50 AM
mate-user updated the task description. (Show Details)
Astilex updated the task description. (Show Details)Jan 24 2019, 1:08 PM

Thanks for finding that tarball! I looked all over and could not find it. I updated the request and added the new Tarball link.

On GitHub you can find them in the releases section of the project:

I learned something new today. I'm just glad there are tarball releases. I think it'll bode better than just a github link.

Astilex removed a subscriber: Astilex.Jan 24 2019, 11:10 PM

Hi @Astilex i still try to report this bug with deep rock galactic maybe you can write something to do this too to push it a bit :)

and i also only recommand this driver for walkarounds for games who have gpu hangs or other gaming breaking bugs.

Hi @Alexander88207

Yeah I had some issues with lutris when goofing around with it on Ubuntu. It seems AMDVLK still needs refining. It works great with Native Linux apps not so much with WINE. I plan on installing Solus again this weekend now that I am done playing around with AMDVLK.

I also will file a bug report with the DRG devs. I'm not sure if they will support it as we are using Steam Play but its worth a shot.

Thanks for chiming in. I was surprised when you showed up.

DataDrake added a subscriber: DataDrake.

I'd like to see this get more stable first.

DataDrake triaged this task as Wishlist priority.Feb 9 2019, 8:35 PM

Hi again @Astilex,

i just want to say that the bug with with deep rock galactic got fixed in mesa 18.3.3 and have a nice weekend :)

DataDrake closed this task as Wontfix.Sep 26 2019, 3:05 AM

As of May, at least, it's kind of a wash between RADV and AMDVLK. Win-some, lose-some. So for now I think we'll stick to what we currently support and trust the Mesa folks to keep improving.