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  • To No Surprise, Intel's Discrete GPU Efforts Will Support Linux Gaming

    Phoronix: To No Surprise, Intel's Discrete GPU Efforts Will Support Linux Gaming

    It should come as virtually no surprise to any regular Phoronix reader given the significant investment Intel makes to Linux via their Open-Source Technology Center with working on Mesa for their Vulkan/OpenGL drivers and related components, but their discrete GPU undertaking will support Linux gaming alongside Windows...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...o-Linux-Gaming

  • #2
    I'm not at all surprised about their intent on driver support. What surprises me is they specifically pointed out "gaming", seeing as there hasn't been much word on whether Intel was planning on explicitly making a gaming GPU (they did make it very clear that they intended to compete in enterprise).

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    • #3
      Will they use AMD architecture, or their own in these discrete GPUs?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by shmerl View Post
        Will they use AMD architecture, or their own in these discrete GPUs?
        Their own architecture.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          I hope they support open-source GVT-g on these discrete cards like they have with Intel HD and Iris iGPUs.

          This would make shared GPU passthrough on many more Linux computers and make playing DirectX 12 Windows Store / UWP games (Like Forza Horizon 4) possible from within a Windows Virtual Machine, without needing as stringent IOMMU / VFIO requirements.

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          • #6
            Interestingly intel released new windows drivers called 'Windows modern drivers' a few days ago: https://www.neowin.net/news/intel-in...for-windows-10

            They require skylake or newer, just like intel's new gallium3d driver. Maybe they are creating a new driver for both platforms to share much of the same code?

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            • #7
              Great to hear! If the Linux support for that GPU is as stellar as it is now, I'm planning to get one as soon as I can.

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              • #8
                If by the time their GPU is sold the amdgpu driver still crashes as often as currently, then the Intel dGPUs will be a sure buy for me. I don't care if they support "gaming", all I want is a stable display of a 4k @ 60Hz desktop.

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                • #9
                  Awesome news. Can't wait to get rid of my nVidia based gaming laptop in favor of either an AMD or an Intel based one.

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                  • #10
                    Intel has been in Linux's corner the longest of the three vendors. That should earn them some loyalty from us on the GPU front.

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