Re: Friday Facts #244 - Localised plurals & Modernisation progress
Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:11 am
Windows 7, yes.bobingabout wrote:Except where OGL and DX11 cover 99% of the audience, Vulkan is restricted to newer hardware.dee- wrote:Two words:
I guess this excludes windows Vista users. (Only DX10 there)
Does Vulkan even work in windows 7? Because that's what I'm using, Windows 7.
Hardware support can be seen here.
I enjoy Vulkan on my i7-3635QM (Ivy Bridge from 2012) Laptop's GPU (Intel HD 4000) running stock Debian.
Switching to the Laptop's discrete GPU, an AMD HD 8870M (Souther Islands / Cape Verde / Venus XT), I can also run Vulkan runtime under the same Debian system.
Both cards are detected simultaneously by vulkaninfo.
Hey, I'm in the market for mixed-vendor multi-GPU Vulkan-support
Device Properties and Extensions
My other machine, running Windows 7, also has Vulkan-support through its AMD RX 480 8 GiB, which is not really brandnew anymore (June 2016) and was quite cheap back then.
I usually use my hardware for at least 5 to around 10 years:
- The card the RX 480 replaced was an HD 6950 (from December 2010) with unlocked shaders
- My AMD Phenom II 1090T (also from 2010) is still quick enough for Factorio and modern shooters and will so for quite a few years to come. It has 6 real cores. Vulkan will be another gift of revujation to this machine. Wikipedia says: "In addition to its lower CPU usage, Vulkan is also able to better distribute work amongst multiple CPU cores".
At least I have made up my mind that Windows 7 will be my last version of Windows. I will run it till it runs out of security support and after that no more Windows for me.rldml wrote:I don't want to scare you, but perhaps you should spend some more time in this os-stuff. Windows 7 will not get any security updates in less than two years from now (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... fact-sheet), so you should have a working alternative before that date has come.bobingabout wrote:whatever you do with graphics, as long as it is optimised for Windows 7, have fun. I'm still not a fan of anything released after 7. I have been playing with 10, but... it's not playing nice. (It's mostly the windows update thing that's bugging me)
Alternatives to Windows 10 are actually Windows 8.1 (until 2023/01) or - of course - a Mac- or Linux-based computer.
Heck, even XP still gets security updates up to this date and will for - at least - April 2019 and considering the glacial upgrade policies of the really large companies Windows 7 has more than a few years of life in it, especially considering the security, update and privacy challenges with Windows 10, which are no-go for serious industry.