New Intel Driver Takes SNA Accel Mainstream
Phoronix: New Intel Driver Takes SNA Accel Mainstream
Chris Wilson released the xf86-video-intel 2.20 driver on Sunday, which brings SNA acceleration to the masses...
The Intel SNA is all fine and good with a minor gripe for me. AFAIK, the fglrx driver does not support SNA for the muxless hybrid radeon cards in many of the notebooks.
On that note, there has surprisingly been very little information/coverage in Phoronix about the fairly good support from the fglrx driver for the muxless hybrid graphics. All or most of the articles seem to suggest that the fglrx support for these systems is non-existent, and that there is some support for Nvidia cards in the form of Bumblebee and related projects. This is one area where I feel fglrx has trumped the Nvidia drivers. I for one have been very pleased with this for the Radeon 6630M hybrid graphics on my 2011 Sony Vaio S notebook.
I also hope that the fglrx also supports Intel SNA in near future. And/or the open source graphics drivers catch up.
PS: Recently I also verified that the fglrx driver works very well for MacBook Pro (Late 2011 model, 8.2) with Radeon hybrid graphics, without workarounds of any kind.
Yeah, fglrx has had support for this for quite a while, but you never really hear anything about it.
Originally Posted by hdas
This is seriously good news if Graphics is important to you. It might even make me consider Intel over AMD integrated GPUS.
I'm pretty much don't care about pixels count performance of my intel sandy bridge powered ultrabook. what is interesting, imho, is that if we can do more with the same processor, will that processor do the same as before but more efficiency (with less energy consumption) ?
I may take every second of battery life that work can help me to get from my laptop power cell.
vsync in kwin compositing doesn't work when i enable sna on gma945