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 AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-RADEON-VULKAN-BETA

​​​​​​​This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™1

IMPORTANT NOTE
This driver package has been updated on ​5/4​/2016 with improvements and bug fixes

Package Contents
 The AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ contains the following:

    • AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ Version 16.15.2401.1001 Public Vulkan Beta.
The AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ can be downloaded from the following links: Installing the AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™
For detailed instructions on how to correctly uninstall or install the AMD Radeon Software, please refer to the following support resources:​ NOTE:
This driver is not intended for use on AMD products running in Apple Boot Camp platforms. Users of these platforms should contact their system manufacturer for driver support.

When installing the AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ on the Windows® operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator, or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™.

The AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.

AMD Product Compatibility

The AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ is compatible with the following AMD products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R7 200 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8500 - HD 8900 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 200 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7700 - HD 7900 Series Graphics


AMD APU Product Family Compatibility

AMD APU series codenamed "Kaveri", "Godavari" and "Carrizo" are only supported by AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ on Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit), Windows® 8.1 (64-bit) and Windows® 10 (64-bit).

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility 
Desktop Mobile
AMD A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R4, R5, R6, or R7 Graphics AMD Pro A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R5, R6, or R7 Graphics
AMD Pro A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R5 or R7 Graphics AMD FX-Series APUs with Radeon™ R7 Graphics
AMD Athlon™ Series APUs with Radeon™ R3 Graphics AMD E-Series APUs with Radeon™ R2 Graphics
AMD Sempron™ Series APUs with Radeon™ R3 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 8180 - HD 8400 Series Graphics
AMD A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, or R8 Graphics


  AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features.

AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R7 M200 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R7 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R5 M200 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R5 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8500M - HD 8900M Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 M200 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7700M - HD 7900M Series Graphics


Compatible Operating Systems

AMD Radeon™ Software Beta for Vulkan™ is designed to support the following Microsoft® Windows® platforms:

    • Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit version)
    • Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version)
    • Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)

Highlights

    • PowerXpress Systems - Added Vulkan Support
    • The Talos Principle - Potential version compatability issues addressed
    • Hologram - No longer crashes on launch

Important Notes

  • Product is conformant with Vulkan™ 1.0 Specification​.
  • This driver is intended as beta level support for use solely with Vulkan applications and as such some Radeon Software functionality has been removed. This is including and not limited to support for other Graphics APIs, Radeon Settings and other Radeon Software driver features.
  • Current comformance status can be found at  https://www.khronos.org/conformance/

What is Vulkan™?

As a complement to OpenGL, descended from AMD's Mantle, and forged by the industry, Vulkan™ is a powerful low-overhead graphics API that gives software developers deep control over the performance, efficiency, and capabilities of Radeon™ GPUs and multi-core CPUs. More information on Vulkan™ can be found here. More information on the latest AMD Vulkan™-related news can be found here.

Known Issues

    • Windows re-sizing in some applications may cause an application crash
    • HDMI and DP to DVI adapters on Windows 7 may intermittently cause display issues
    • Some AMD PowerXpress systems may experience flickering in some applications
AMD Issue Reporting Form

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the AMD Issue Reporting Form.

1.  Vulkan and the Vulkan logo are trademarks of the Khronos Group Inc


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