Open-Source Nouveau Extended To Support The GeForce 16 Series With Hardware Acceleration
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau on 12 February 2020 at 04:49 AM EST. 5 Comments
With the big Linux 5.6 kernel on the open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver side there is finally accelerated support for the GeForce RTX 2000 "Turing" graphics cards (when paired with binary-only microcode). With that initial cut support is no GeForce 16 series Turing support, but that is now on-deck for Linux 5.7.

While the GeForce 16 series is Turing based and just without the RTX cores, firmware/microcode differences and other subtle changes were needed to the Nouveau kernel driver for enabling its open-source hardware accelerated support.

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That NVIDIA Turing TU116/TU117 support is now queued in the Nouveau development tree so that come Linux 5.7 the GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 series can run on this open-source driver stack. Granted, the closed-source firmware binaries are necessary and there is no re-clocking yet so the hardware is pegged to running at its generally very low boot clock speeds and that means extremely slow performance.

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We'll see what more materializes for Nouveau in Linux 5.7, in addition to the NVIDIA format modifiers support that already landed in the Nouveau DRM Git repository this week.
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