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Nouveau DRM Commits Supporting Z Compression

Nouveau

Published on 19 October 2012 06:02 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau
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Ben Skeggs of Red Hat pushed a number of new DRM commits into the Nouveau driver development repository today, including new support for Z compression.

With the commits that landed hours ago in the Nouveau DRM repository, Z compression is now enabled for NV30 and NV40 class NVIDIA graphics processors.

NV20 class hardware already had Z compression support since 2010 but now NV30 and NV40 class hardware has enabled Z compression support. Z compression is the compressing the Z-buffer image depth coordinates to reduce bandwidth on Z reads and writes. Z compression is one of the parts on the AMD side referred to as HyperZ. Both NVIDIA and AMD hardware has supported Z compression hardware for quite some time.

The NV30 class hardware is the GeForce 5/FX series while the NV40 class hardware is the GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 series. The Z compression support may lead to performance improvements for this hardware, but we will have to wait until new Phoronix benchmarks are conducted.

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