Nouveau DRM Code Updated For Linux 4.8

Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau on 15 July 2016 at 07:56 AM EDT. Add A Comment
The Nouveau open-source NVIDIA DRM driver changes have been queued in DRM-Next for the Linux 4.8 kernel.

Nouveau updates this time around include GK20A/GM20B Tegra K1/X1 voltage and clock improvements as well as initial support for GP100 and GP104 GPUs. The latter provides initial KMS support for the GeForce GTX 1000 series. While NVIDIA did release some Pascal firmware, it ended up being only for the GP100 and not the GP104 or GP106. Thus with Linux 4.8 there isn't any hardware-accelerated support for the consumer GeForce GTX 1060/1070/1080 cards on the open-source driver stack. For those cards it comes down to un-accelerated kernel mode-setting support until NVIDIA releases the rest of the Pascal firmware in the future.

While it's nice to see the GP100 support in Nouveau for Linux 4.8, this cycle is a bit of a letdown. Besides the Pascal support blockage due to NVIDIA, Nouveau in Linux 4.8 sadly doesn't have any re-clocking/boost improvements for Kepler, not any early form of Maxwell re-clocking (potentially blocked again by firmware), etc. Simply put, any serious NVIDIA Linux user is best off for now with the proprietary driver stack.
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