Raven Ridge APUs to receive performance gains in Mesa 18.2 drivers for Linux

Linux distros are notoriously finicky when it comes to Radeon GPUs (good luck getting APU-based 3D acceleration to work properly on Ubuntu), but AMD fans may have something to celebrate. A number of commits on the Raven Ridge Linux driver stack has revealed that the Mesa-based RADV Vulkan drivers are going to get a performance boost.

Of course, this applies only to Zen+Vega based Radeon APUs, but its good news nonetheless for the Radeon-using Linux community. The commits entail that binning and DFSM (Deterministic Finite State Machine) have been enabled by default for Raven Ridge hardware, which has increased performance up to 3% for some demos and games (every frame counts!).

These features were exposed in RadeonSI for the OpenGL driver with Vega/GFX9 drivers

Last year is when these features became exposed in RadeonSI for the OpenGL driver with Vega/GFX9 hardware, so being ported over to RADV Vulkan drivers is good progress, considering the rocky footing AMD APUs had earlier this year.

If you’re a Raven Ridge hardware user, you can expect these improvements to be released in the upcoming Mesa 18.2 update – which was in fact already pushed back by two weeks, so we’re looking at an August release, as reported by release manager Andres Gomez in a Mesa-dev list update:

“Here is the tentative release plan for 18.2.0.

 Although the initial plan was to have the first release candidate by the end of this week, a slip of mind in my side on sending this plan is shifting the current schedule at We’ll update the release schedule there soon.

  •   Aug 01 2018 – Feature freeze/Release candidate 1
  •  Aug 08 2018 – Release candidate 2
  •  Aug 15 2018 – Release candidate 3
  •  Aug 22 2018 – Release candidate 4/final release

 This gives us approximately two weeks until the branch point.

 Note: In the spririt of keeping things clearer and more transparent, we will be keeping track of any features planned for the release in Bugzilla [1].”

John Rendace

John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.

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