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    Default Nouveau Gains Reverse PRIME Support

    Phoronix: Nouveau Gains Reverse PRIME Support

    The open-source Nouveau driver now has "Reverse PRIME" support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTI5NDU

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    Is there any significant latency or performance penalty to expect with PRIME?

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    So there was one type of prime support, now there's another. And that means? What? That prime was broken before and is good now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark45 View Post
    So there was one type of prime support, now there's another. And that means? What? That prime was broken before and is good now?
    It's now also possible to scan-out the rendering of intel IGPs via Nouveau.
    Until now it was only possible the other way around.

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    Is prime in working order yet?

    Can/Have projects like "The Bumblebee Project(TBP)" used this support to do anything meanful yet? When can I drop the poor-man's optimus in TBP and use true blue prime? Tired of waiting to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark45 View Post
    So there was one type of prime support, now there's another. And that means? What? That prime was broken before and is good now?
    If I have got things right (which I seldom have) the thing here is that there are two ways of hooking up the hardware, and it comes down to which GPU is hooked up to the output (the physical connection to the screen), and which GPU could do the rendering, and "just output the image" through the chipset of the other GPU.
    So PRIME is good if you computer has the intel gpu as primary, and allows the nvidia gpu to do rendering and output that trough the intel chips, while the reversed version is if your nvidia GPU is the "primary", hooked up one, but you want from time to time let the intel gpu do the rendering as it is less power hungry.

    So without support for this, the first kind of hardware could never utilize the speed of the nvidia GPU since without PRIME it always used only the intel GPU, while the latter hardware was always draining power as the nvidia GPU is more hungry, and the driver could not let it step aside and let the intel GPU do the work.

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    You can watch Dave Airlie's presentation about stuff he did:
    http://mirror.linux.org.au/linux.con...new_tricks.ogv

    At the end he mentions what reverse prime is. I think it was basically the case where the nvidia card has a displayport (or other) output and when you connect a monitor you want the nvidia card doing the rendering and the outputting stuff while the intel chip is only used to display stuff the nvidia card renders on LVDS.

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    Cool, but I want to see proper re-clocking support and OpenGL 4.3.

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    Default HDMI ouput ??

    Hi,
    I have (almost) no clue about Optimus and the Linux graphics stack. But I am wondering if this reverse PRIME support will enable the HDMI output on my Lenovo E530 Thinkpad. It has a VGA output which works (connected to Intel HD4000), but afaik the HDMI output is directly connected to the Nvidia Optimus graphic card and did not work so far.
    Will reverse PRIME support bring us closer (how close?) to a plug'n'play HDMI output? Or has this nothing to do with each other?

    Thanks for any hints...

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    Without having had time to actually *read* any of the recent information, I think this is aimed at exactly your situation.

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