Linux 5.15 update brings plenty of improvements for AMD hardware and the Steam Deck

Linux 5.14 is out, and the new kernel is bringing a host of brand new updates for existing AMD CPUs and GPUs, even some that aren’t out yet. While not the largest update, Ryzen and Radeon users will appreciate what it has to offer, and it could be especially interesting for AMD Van Gogh-powered devices like the future Valve Steam Deck.

Some of the most important CPU updates that the folks at Phoronix were able to pull out for Linux 5.15 include:

  • Temperature monitoring support is finally available for Zen 3 APUs and upcoming Yellow Carp APUs, which are currently assumed to be Ryzen 6000 series mobile chips, but we’ll have to wait and see. They appear to be RDNA 2-powered devices, at least. 
  • The AMD Van Gogh APU audio driver for the AMD ACP 5.x audio co-processor has been merged for improved audio capabilities. That’s the very same APU found inside the Valve Steam Deck. The update reduces code among the sound drivers along with memory allocations being refactored and other “intensive” improvements for the audio drivers, according to this pull list.
  • AMD CPUs are now seeing optimized C3 entry when entering a power sleep state which means the kernel no longer needs to flush the caches before entering C3.  

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