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Vulkan - BETA Drivers Break RetroArch/ParaLLel-RDP


Last few sets of BETA drivers (tested on and break functionality of this Vulkan-based emulator software. Latest retail driver ( works fine, suggesting a recent breaking change with the way that Vulkan uses vkGetImageMemoryRequirements/vkGetBufferMemoryRequirements from a quick glance at the code.

There has been no major change to the software, and this issue has also been raised with the developer - "Failed to find memory type/allocate RDRAM" on beta Intel GPU drivers · Issue #26 · Themaister/paral...  

Repro Steps:

  1. Install RetroArch (
  2. Install ParaLLelN64 emulation core (Online Updater > Core Downloader> "Nintendo - N64 - ParaLLeL")
  3. Load any demo application (
  4. Using menu (F1), set GFX/RSP plugins to "parallel"
  5. Reload demo application, Vulkan renderer fails

Repro walkthrough of issue here: Intel RetroArch/ParaLLel-RDP Issue - YouTube

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19043
Processor: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
GFX Driver Name: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
GFX Driver Version:

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Hello @retroNUC

Thank you for posting on the Intel® communities.


Regarding this request and after checking this further, we would like to mention that we are unable to debug/test all the third-party software available out there so in this particular case, supporting this type of issue is out of our scope of support.

We understand that you have already reported this to the software developer. So our recommendation is to continue working with the application developer and verify with them if there is any patch or update available for this type of processor/system (Intel® NUC) especially if other applications work fine. in that case, the best thing to do is to work directly with the app developer.

You may also refer to community forums related to these applications for additional recommendations. Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician

No worries, thanks for the response. It just seemed that if the same version of a piece of software works on your retail driver but fails on your beta drivers, then it seems like it would be something broke on your end, which is why I thought I would flag it to you.

The developer of this software also appears to be a Vulkan/Khronos contributor, so if he's able to debug further about a specific part of the API that appears to be broken, then I'll try and get him to reach our and post any findings here.

Hello retroNUC

Thank you for your response and for your understanding.

Yes, the best thing to do is to continue working on this with the software developer for proper assistance. Having said that, we will proceed to close this inquiry now from our end. Please keep in mind that this thread will no longer be monitored.

Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician