Basemark GPU benchmarking Vulkan performance
|Initial release||v-2020.Q3.6 September 27, 2020|
|Operating system||Ubuntu, RedHat|
(Vulkan driver for AMD GPUs)
|License||MIT Software License|
AMDVLK is a MIT-licensed Vulkan driver for AMD graphics cards. It differs from the Mesa RADV Vulkan driver included most GNU/Linux distributions by default. It is built on top of AMD's Platform Abstraction Library (PAL).
AMDVLK works with the
amdgpu kernel driver. There is no support for using the older
Performance and application support differs from the RADV driver. What driver you prefer will probably be a simple matter of taste unless you are going to use Wine or Vulkan compute, in which case you should avoid AMDVLK like the plague. AMDVLK does not play nice with DXVK, and Vulkan compute performance is dismal compared to the Mesa RADV driver.
You have to install AMDVLK if you want to use it, GNU/Linux distributions ship the Mesa RADV Vulkan driver by default.
AMDVLK is only officially supported on:
- Ubuntu 20.04 (64-bit version)
- Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit version)
- RedHat 8.2 (64-bit version)
- RedHat 7.8 (64-bit version)
It is possible to use the AMDVLK drivers on a wide range of "unsupported" distributions. Distributions who use Ubuntu as a base will be able to use the Ubuntu-packages and the RedHat packages work fine on Fedora.
|GPU Family||AMDVLK status||GPU(s)||Generation|
|AMD Athlon 5350 APU with Radeon R3|
|Vega||Radeon RX Vega Series||gfx9|
AMD Switchable Graphics
AMDVLK installs a "implicit" Vulkan layer called "AMD switchable graphics" in
/etc/vulkan/implicit_layer.d/amd_icd64.json. It makes AMDVLK the default Vulkan implementation and disables other Vulkan implementations so applications do not see them. Choosing a preferred Vulkan implementation with "AMD switchable graphics" enabled is still possible by setting a special environment variable called
AMD_VULKAN_ICD. AMDVLK is the default, and only available implementation, if it is unset.
It is possible to add
env AMD_VULKAN_ICD="RADV" to the
Exec line in a games
.desktop file (files in
$HOME/.local/share/applications desktop environments use to provide menu items).
Many Vulkan applications let you choose what Vulkan implementation should be used if more than one is available. Those will only see one if the "AMD switchable graphics" layer is enabled. There is a special
DISABLE_LAYER_AMD_SWITCHABLE_GRAPHICS_1 variable you can set with
DISABLE_LAYER_AMD_SWITCHABLE_GRAPHICS_1=1 if you want to be able to choose between all the installed Vulkan implementations within applications like Basemark GPU.
|Warning: WINE software using DirectX 9 to 11 will use AMDVLK and fail to run if you use DXVK and have the AMDVLK "AMD switchable graphics" enabled even if you set |