AMD is rolling out the first update for its open source Radeon Vulkan Linux driver, bringing support for Phoenix APUs to the Linux platform.
AMD's Phoenix APUs get their first official open source Radeon Vulkan drivers Sine launch
The new driver brings in support for AMD's popular Ryzen 7040 APUs, codenamed Phoenix, which appear on several laptops and mini PCs. The new AMDVLK 2023.Q3.1 also comes with a number of fixes and performance improvements.
AMD's latest Vulkan driver also fixes problems in titles such as Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and X-Plane 12 flight simulator. The driver also brings several improvements to the Vulkan headers as well. AMDVLK 2023.Q3.1 can be downloaded from GitHub, and we encourage all Linux users to switch to the new drivers to ensure stable performance.
It's good to see that Linux open source driver work for Phoenix is happening in parallel with the standard driver suite. At the end of July, AMD released the first official Radeon drivers for Ryzen 7040 Phoenix APUs after a long wait. The driver didn't add much, but more optimizations and important performance updates are expected to roll out sometime later. The AMD RDNA 3 iGPU in these Phoenix APUs offers a lot of performance for an integrated chip and has been wowing audiences ever since its release.
It's encouraging to see AMD working to improve its open source resources on Linux. The company's change in approach to releasing drivers in the form of "IP blocks" was recently reported, which we glimpsed when the company released new firmware files for the RDNA 3 GPU architecture. As it stands, AMD is constantly working to improve the resources available on Linux. We hope to see more updates for the Vulkan driver in the future.
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