System76 Power Management

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System76 Power Management

system76-power is a utility for managing graphics and power profiles.

Graphics Modes

A reboot is required for changes to take effect after switching modes.


The integrated graphics controller on the Intel or AMD CPU is used exclusively.

Lower graphical performance with a longer battery life.

External displays connected to the dGPU ports cannot be used.


The dGPU (NVIDIA) is used exclusively.

Higher graphical performance at the expense of a shorter battery life.

Allows using external displays.


Enables PRIME render offloading. The iGPU is used as the primary renderer, with the ability to have specific applications render using the dGPU.

PRIME render offloading requires the 435.17 NVIDIA drivers or later.

Applications must use GLVND to take advantage of this feature, so may not render on the dGPU even when requested. Vulkan applications must be launched with __NV_PRIME_RENDER_OFFLOAD=1 to render on the dGPU. GLX applications must be launched with __NV_PRIME_RENDER_OFFLOAD=1 __GLX_VENDOR_LIBRARY_NAME=nvidia to render on the dGPU.

Display offload sinks ("reverse PRIME") require 450.57 NVIDIA drivers or later. This feature allows using external displays while in this mode.

GPU support for run-time power management is required for the device to enter a low power state when not used. Only Turing cards and newer fully implement this functionality. Support for run-time power manage can be checked in the supported-gpus.json file provided by the driver. e.g.:

$ cat /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:01:00.0/device
$ jq '.chips[] | select(.devid=="0x1F15")' < /usr/share/doc/nvidia-driver-460/supported-gpus.json
  "devid": "0x1F15",
  "name": "GeForce RTX 2060",
  "features": [


The integrated graphics controller is used exclusively for rendering. The dGPU is made available as a compute node.