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AMD’s old graphics card gets ray-chasing driver: Can support GCN 1.0 architecture

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AMD’s old graphics card gets ray-chasing driver: Can support GCN 1.0 architecture



 

AMD’s old graphics card gets ray-chasing driver: Can support GCN 1.0 architecture.

 

Recently, the Mesa library has updated the source code of the Radeon Vphoroniulkan driver RADV, which enables some older AMD graphics cards to support Vulkan’s ray tracing capabilities at the driver level.

According to Wccftech , this version of the driver currently supports GFX6, which is a component of the GCN 1.0 architecture.

Ray tracing can be very hard to run on older graphics cards without dedicated units, so don’t expect too much, just say something is better than nothing.

 

Independent developer Konstantin Seurer found that in certain workloads (such as the GravityMark benchmark), the running frame rate has been increased from 13FPS to 250FPS, and the effect is still obvious.

AMD’s support for older hardware in Linux is surprising, knowing that last month, the latest Mesa 22.2 library only supports AMD RDNA architecture GPUs, and AMD’s ray tracing efforts are still focused on the RDNA2 architecture.

However, this version of the driver seems to be less than ideal for game compatibility, and players are best not to try it casually.

 

AMD's old graphics card gets ray-chasing driver: Can support GCN 1.0 architecture

 

 

There was also news that AMD intends to support Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) technology on GCN architecture GPUs, so that these old graphics cards can get performance improvements when running games.

At present, Radeon Super Resolution only supports RDNA and RDNA 2 architecture GPUs and Ryzen 6000 series APUs.

Compared with the large number of GCN graphics card users, the number of users is much smaller.

In addition, even the RDNA architecture graphics card still has good performance, and the demand for Radeon Super Resolution is not urgent.

 

The original Radeon HD 7000 series was released in 2011, more than a decade ago, and the relatively new R9 Fury series was released in 2015, not too soon.

In any case, it is still a good thing that the old graphics card has the opportunity to continue to exert its residual heat.

 

 

 

 



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