Select GPU to meet your needs. Use the Nvidia GPU to drive maximum performance and support three 4K external monitors. Use the Intel GPU to maximize battery life.
The Nvidia Max-Q RTX GPU is needed for demanding tasks such as deep learning, video editing, or gaming. However, if you aren't using those capabilities, switching to the integrated graphics can extend battery life up to 5 hours in the real-world. If the Nvidia graphics card is in use on battery power, we are notified as shown.
When the power cable is unplugged the system takes actions to conserve power and extend battery life. The most obvious actions &8212; which are Kubuntu Focus optimizations, include:
If the Nvidia graphics card is in use on battery power, we are notified with an image
Start Nvidia Settings. Click on
Prime Profiles at the bottom right corner. Select the preferred GPU. Provide your password when prompted.
One should reboot immediately after switching graphics to avoid artifacts and glitches. Right-click on the desktop and select
Leave... and then select reboot.
This is much faster using a GUI and completely replaces the above procedure. Reboot if you change modes to avoid glitches.
Q: This seems related to battery life. Where can I learn more?
A: See Battery Reset for a full discussion of battery management.
Q: Some distributions support hybrid graphics. Is this available with the Focus?
A: We do not support or recommend hybrid graphics mode. In practice this solution is more complex and usually does not significantly improve battery life. Instead we recommend you boot to the mode you need.
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2020-06-10 c4ed9299Restructure layout
2020-03-16 cffb5f61Add command-line alternative
2020-03-05 87cad77aInitial Release
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