Immediately after Khronos Group announced the release of the latest Vulkan 1.0 API, both NVIDIA and AMD have shown great support for the development. While AMD was the company that provided Khronos Group with the groundwork for the Vulkan, NVIDIA has wasted no time in coming up with a low-level driver to support the Vulkan API.
Vulkan is set to be the largest competitor to Microsoft’s DirectX 12, which is the only other API to find use in most graphics intensive applications in 2016. There are two key benefits of the Vulkan API that DirectX is yet to emulate. First, it is cross-platform and also offers cross-vendor support.
NVIDIA has released drivers that add support for Linux and Mac operating systems for most drivers in its Kepler and Maxwell architecture featuring graphic cards. This include, primarily, the NVIDIA GeForce, which pretty much sums up most of the PC and laptop graphic cards that you can avail at the moment. The NVIDIA Driver version that is now available is 356.39 and is downloadable for all devices with immediate effect, provided that they run Linux or Microsoft.
Download links to various platforms for both 32 and 64 bit operating systems can be found consolidated for you at WCCFTech’s website. AMD has also launched drivers to support the Vulkan 1.0 API, but they have been released in the BETA version, which means that they have not yet passed conclusive tests to confirm their usability and dependability. A spokes person from NVIDIA Content and Information claimed that Vulkan allowed a developer to get the best out of NVIDIA graphic cards, and expressed honour at having been part of it.