Hybrid graphics

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This page details the use of NVIDIA or AMD Switchable Graphics/Intel hybrid graphics.

When are hybrid graphics useful?

  • The display is connected to the iGPU.
  • There is no hardware multiplexer available (and therefore no BIOS option to switch to one of the cards)
  • NVIDIA or AMD cards and Intel SOC are the two graphic cards on the device.[1]


user $xrandr --listproviders
Providers: number : 2
Provider 0: id: 0x6e cap: 0xb, Source Output, Sink Output, Sink Offload crtcs: 4 outputs: 5 associated providers: 0 name:Intel
Provider 1: id: 0x45 cap: 0xf, Source Output, Sink Output, Source Offload, Sink Offload crtcs: 6 outputs: 0 associated providers: 0 name:Unknown 
AMD Radeon GPU @ pci:0000:01:00.0

What options are available?

Bumblebee does not work correctly with Nouveau.

See also

External resources


  1. PRIME works with both NVIDIA Optimus and AMD technology https://www.linux.ncsu.edu/bumblebee/