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    Default Nouveau Driver Gets Fan Control Modes

    Phoronix: Nouveau Driver Gets Fan Control Modes

    There's some fan/thermal-related commits hitting the Nouveau driver's DRM repository...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE5MzQ

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    Hooray for fan management! I don't even know what kind of fan I have, but any tangible advances in Nouveau's power/thermal management actually landing in the kernel is very welcome.

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    This sounds great! How do the nouveau drivers compare with the proprietary drivers? I wanna try them out on my HP touchsmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tancrackers View Post
    This sounds great! How do the nouveau drivers compare with the proprietary drivers? I wanna try them out on my HP touchsmart.
    Depends on your hardware. From my experience with my NVA5 (NV50/NVA3 generation), it works very well but has slower 3D performance and eats more power than the proprietary driver.

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    It just hit me that running Nouveau will probably wear you fan out compared to the proprietary driver, all in an attempt to avoid over heating They better get that fan controll working automatic soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJenbo View Post
    It just hit me that running Nouveau will probably wear you fan out compared to the proprietary driver, all in an attempt to avoid over heating They better get that fan controll working automatic soon
    Well, if they can handle manual fan control + thermal sensors, I don't see why an automatic fan management mode couldn't be slapped together based on temperature thresholds (either system or user-defined).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJenbo View Post
    It just hit me that running Nouveau will probably wear you fan out compared to the proprietary driver, all in an attempt to avoid over heating They better get that fan controll working automatic soon
    My 8800GT fan is very quiet with Nouveau (more quiet than on Windows) and temperature seems fine.
    It seems my GPU is controlling fan by itself.

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