Plea to NVidia to add vulkan support to our graphics driver

malavon

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Hi all,

I've created a post on the NVidia forum to request Vulkan support for our GPU drivers. Even for people who don't play games or anything this will become very useful in the future. OpenGL is slowly being deprecated (see my UE4 post as well) and to future-proof our favourite OS we really need Vulkan support.
I'd like to encourage you all to go over there, create an account (I know, just one more) and add something to the topic.
At the very least it might show someone that there are multiple people interested and even if there's no response from an official dev, I can refer to that post to indicate there actually is demand for it.

Thank you very much.

edit: thread was moved to the NVidia FreeBSD sub-forum, updated the link
 
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shkhln

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Is there a way to skip the real name and company registration step? I don't want to fill the form with garbage data.
 
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malavon

malavon

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I don't know, I had to fill it in myself too. It's a bit annoying though.
 

msplsh

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nVidia doesn't care two bits about non-Windows and non HPC. There are probably more people that want to use nVidia cards in Macs and they aren't interested in fixing their driver to work with last years OS release. Not saying it's useless to complain, but don't get your hopes up. 😕
 

shkhln

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nVidia doesn't care two bits about non-Windows and non HPC. There are probably more people that want to use nVidia cards in Macs and they aren't interested in fixing their driver to work with last years OS release. Not saying it's useless to complain, but don't get your hopes up. 😕

Mac OS X is an entirely different matter since all drivers there must go through Apple, afaik. As for the hopes, we are mostly complaining on principle, the driver is advertised as supporting Vulkan and therefore it should provide an implementation. Other than that, I sorted out my Vulkan issues more than a year ago.
 

vchan

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I commented on that post as well. I also added my plug for proper CUDA support as well, but that's really a different animal.
 

shkhln

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Indeed. Presumably Vulkan is a trivial build configuration change, while CUDA requires actual porting work.
 

aimeec1995

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i do not think it is worth your time, nvidia have been total shit heads these years i imagine they will stop maintaining this driver in the next few years
 

kpedersen

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The driver is 117.67 MB and in that size NVIDIA couldn't even fit in Vulkan support for my GeForce 4 ti. Madness!

This is obviously great news (since we don't have Nouveau to fall back on). Though honestly a little unexpected. It is also April 1st after all ;)
 
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malavon

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Well, NVIDIA did come through and we have - although not in a production driver yet - vulkan 1.2 support. I've been testing a bit and everything seems to be working well.
 

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