This isn’t a support request but I just want to let the developers know that most of the time
nvidia-prime (which provides
prime-select command) package isn’t turning off the Nvidia dGPU found on hybrid/optimus/gaming laptops on intel/integrated profile, instead it just hides it from Xorg while the dGPU keeps draining battery and causing high idle temperatures.
It appears to be a well-known and “confirmed” issue as per several Launchpad bug reports:
On the other hand Ubuntu based distro Pop_OS! includes their own utility called
system76-power which does the job correctly by completely turning off the Nvidia dGPU when integrated graphics mode is selected extending my laptop’s battery life and keeping temps lower than Windows nor any other Linux distro.
However I prefer original Ubuntu desktop over Pop
Model: Acer Helios 300 2017 (G3-571)
GPU: GTX1060 6GB
Ubuntu versions I tried: 20.04 / 20.10 / 21.04 (daily beta)