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Which AMD GPUs are useable with a recent Linux, more specifically Ubuntu (18.04) and AMD drivers? Or are there some that definitely don't work?

This question is not off topic because either a GPU evidently works with Blender or it doesn't, so it's not about subjective hardware recommendations.

Thanks in advance.

P.S.: The open source OpenCL implementation of Mesa still doesn't seem to work, or did someone get it to? Because if possible I'd of course use that instead of the AMD drivers.

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closed as off-topic by Duarte Farrajota Ramos, Ray Mairlot, X-27 the fluffy unicorn, VRM, GiantCowFilms Oct 21 '18 at 18:21

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about hardware recommendations $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Oct 9 '18 at 18:24
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    $\begingroup$ It's not that easy, I don't want a recommendation. There are GPUs that work and ones that don't. I could rephrase the question as: "List of working AMD GPUs with Blender on Linux". Isn't that a clear Q&A style question? $\endgroup$ – Ignatiamus Oct 9 '18 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ I'm at doubt here. Rules clearly say hardware is off topic, but not sure if an exception applies here, rephrasing certainly helps. Lets see what others say, I can lift my vote if necessary $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Oct 9 '18 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ So I reworded parts of the question and removed unnecessary ones ("affordable"), so that objective answers are possible. The guideline BTW says "Hardware specifications, recommendations, reviews or faults". Is one of these still in the question? $\endgroup$ – Ignatiamus Oct 10 '18 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ The question is now more about "blender system requirements for GPU compute" than about "best/worst hardware specs", and that makes it on-topic in my opinion $\endgroup$ – Nicola Sap Oct 10 '18 at 7:51
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This is a list of AMD GPUs known running together with OpenCL and Blender Cycles. It is composed by either personal experience or from sources on the web:

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║         GPU         ║   OS    ║ OS version ║ Blender v. ║   Driver   ║ Source ║
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║    Radeon cards     ║         ║            ║            ║            ║        ║
║ RX580               ║ Xubuntu ║ 18.04.02   ║ 2.8beta    ║ OpenCL-Pro ║      5 ║
║ RX580               ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79       ║ N/A        ║    1,3 ║
║ RX470 4GB           ║ Kubuntu ║ 16.04      ║ 2.78       ║ AMDGPU-Pro ║      2 ║
║ RX Vega 64          ║ Arch,   ║ N/A        ║ 2.79       ║ AMDGPU &   ║      4 ║
║                     ║ custom kernel, libdrm downgrade   ║ AMD OpenCL ║        ║
║ RX480               ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
║ RX Vega 56          ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
║ RX Vega 64          ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
║ RX Vega Frontier E. ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
║ Pro WX 7100         ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
║ Pro WX 7100 DUO     ║ Linux*  ║ N/A        ║ 2.79_build ║ N/A        ║      3 ║
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* likely Ubuntu or a derivate (officially supported), see this comment. Also means that AMDs OpenCL implementation must've been used, as there's no other known working so far
sources: 1, 2, 3 4: user gandalf3 5: myself, using Xubuntu 18.04.02 with an all open stack (standard) plus the OpenCL portion from the closed AMDGPU-Pro driver

This list is obviously far from complete, it's just meant as a start. I'll gather more and more information in the near future.

Feel free to edit, improve and add to this list to complete it and make it comprehensive in the end!

P.S.: The table was made with https://senseful.github.io/text-table/, as the standard SE markdown does not support tables in any way, see here.

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    $\begingroup$ opendata.blender.org can be quite useful to look at. For now it contains only user-provided data, but the BI is going to also maintain a set of "verified benchmarks" $\endgroup$ – Nicola Sap Oct 21 '18 at 17:27
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    $\begingroup$ Already had a look into that, thanks. However I found no way of seeing individual data, like a list or something. $\endgroup$ – Ignatiamus Oct 21 '18 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ After logging in, you can find a downloadable json dump of all the data, that includes information like {"cpu_brand": "AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor", "dist_name": "debian", "dist_version": "9.0",}, "blender_version": {"version": "2.79 (sub 1)"} $\endgroup$ – Nicola Sap Oct 21 '18 at 21:31

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