Linux News Today: Nvidia 370.23 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Adds Overclock Support for GeForce GPUs
On August 15, 2016, Nvidia rolled out a new Beta version of its graphics driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems, namely 370.23, bringing various new features and improvements.
According to the release notes, the Nvidia 370.23 Beta video driver implemented the ability for users to overclock or underclock their Nvidia GeForce GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). However, it appears that the new feature will only work with certain GPUs from the GeForce GTX 1000 series and later. To see the supported products, please consult the official announcement.
“For GPUs that allow it, an offset can be applied to clock values in some clock domains of all performance levels. This clock manipulation is done at the user’s own risk. See the README documentation of the ‘CoolBits’ X configuration option for more details,” explain the Nvidia developers in the respective announcement, where you’ll also find details about how to install this drive on your GNU/Linux distribution.
Vulkan support improved, 4K and 8K pixel shift displays are now supported
Also new in the Nvidia 370.23 Beta graphics driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems is the addition of support for 4K and 8K pixel shift displays by implementing a new MetaMode option called “PixelShiftMode,” as well as better support for Vulkan applications by fixing a bug that prevented them from presenting from multiple queues to the same X11 swapchain.
Nvidia 370.23 Beta is available for download right now via our website for 64-bit and 32-bit GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as FreeBSD (64-bit and 32-bit) and Solaris OSes. However, please try to keep in mind that this is beta quality software, and it’s not recommended that you install it over the stable Nvidia driver you’re currently using on your distribution.