NVIDIA Linux 349.12 Beta Has Improved G-SYNC & VDPAU Features
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 25 March 2015 at 01:39 PM EDT. Add A Comment
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NVIDIA just released their first beta Linux graphics driver in their new, short-lived 349.xx driver series.

The NVIDIA 349.12 Beta adds support for using G-SYNC monitors in conjunction with non-G-SYNC monitors. Of course, when doing so, the non-G-SYNC monitors will continue to tear. There's also an optional indicator that can be activated from the NVIDIA-Settings panel to show when G-SYNC is being used.

VDPAU video acceleration changes with the 349.12 beta include adding support for lossless H.264/AVC video streams, support for VDPAU Feature Set F for H.265/HEVC video strams with new Maxwell GPUs, and a fixed kernel memory leak for VDPAU on Maxwell.

The 349.12 Linux x86/x86_64/ARM driver also has various bug-fixes, updated reporting of in-use video memory, a nvidia-settings CLI argument to query the GPU fan speed, YUV 4:2:0 compression support at HDMI 2.0 4K@60Hz, and various other bug-fixes.

More details on the NVIDIA 349.12 Linux graphics driver can be found via this NVIDIA DevTalk page. The 349.12 release is also available for Solaris and BSD users too. Benchmarks are forthcoming on Phoronix.
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