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    Phoronix: Intel Sandy Bridge Performance Goes Up Again

    At the beginning of the month I reported on a small patch to Mesa that resulted in a huge performance improvement for Intel Sandy Bridge graphics, but Intel's OSTC developers have bumped up the performance of the latest-generation graphics processors even more. With the LLC caching patch-set, which should be committed to the Linux 2.6.40 kernel (not the current 2.6.39 cycle), there are measurable OpenGL performance improvements.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15863

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    I am sorry AMD. I am fan of yours, but Llano is too late now. When all problems resolve and motherboards become mainstream it will be end of the year already. I will get one of those i3-2100, since I am not much of a gamer, but open video acceleration is much of importance for me.
    I wish Intel, keep the good work with all open source projects, and keep evolving Mesa

    I am still a fanboy, but not at all cost

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    • #3
      I'm also cheering Intel. They may be the ones who bring OpenGL 3 to X land. And restart-free graphic switching, and, and, and.

      Unfortunately Intel seam to adopt OpenGL 4.1 really slowly

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      • #4
        There is nothing stopping Ubuntu or any other distro from backporting these changes into what ever kernel they decide to ship

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        • #5
          This looks extremely sexy.
          Im looking at selling my AMD rig and puchasing 2,5k.
          Opencore is not opensource, proprietary with always half-arsed opensource strategy is not opensource really.

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          • #6
            I'm simultaniously happy about this and sad about the older intel gfx still sucking horribly. Is something like this not possible for them too?

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            • #7
              Finally

              Good. I was getting tired of all that AMD openness crap. "Yes, we're open. We're vevy vevy open." Yes, you are, dear. You are wide open.

              How come xf86-video-ati devs can't do some reverse engineering akin to nouveau? How come Fusion/Zacate don't have open source video acceleration much alike SandyBridge. Hell, even Broadcom managed to push open source acceleration code for their Crystal family. SRSLY, Whats wrong with you, guys?

              There. Now my steam pressure level is... lets say... tollerable.

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              • #8
                Eyeballing the older Windows VS Ubuntu thread:
                http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...winbuntu&num=1

                It seems that the Linux driver is on par with and sometimes exceeding the Windows driver!

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                • #9
                  i'm an amd fan and i would have to agree with everyone here that amd is just taking way too long. but, keep in mind even their windows drivers are bad. if they can't get their main audience some decent drivers when they release a product, they're not going to do it for linux either. until linux gets attention when products are released, i don't care about using anything new or fancy in it. the nice thing about linux is it's a lot more hardware efficient than windows, but, it takes longer for it to get there. if you don't have anything too demanding, just go with the newest compatible hardware.

                  i'm very happy to see intel putting in this much effort, and i didn't bother to check if Tgui was right but if so, its nice to know linux has competitive graphics performance.

                  considering all the kernel updates lately, i feel like linux should outperform windows in just about every test at this point, as long as we don't use amd or nvidia for the graphics tests. i'm aware ubuntu is considered the default distro due to the most popularity but i really wish phoronix would do separate tests on an optimized distro like gentoo or arch. ubuntu packs in so much unnecessary stuff.

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                  • #10
                    Please Michael show more graphics hardware benchmarks as a reference, ati or nvidia (preferably both), this way would be easy to see how the performance of SB compares to different hardware / driver.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jimbo View Post
                      Please Michael show more graphics hardware benchmarks as a reference, ati or nvidia (preferably both), this way would be easy to see how the performance of SB compares to different hardware / driver.
                      You can do so using Openbenchmarking.org
                      Michael Larabel
                      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                      • #12
                        Will H264 VAAPI support for 4500MHD ever be ready? Been waiting for ages, and getting really pissed.
                        I'm thinking about throwing my Dell with Ubuntu out to the garbage, and getting a Macbook

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by FreeBSD View Post
                          Will H264 VAAPI support for 4500MHD ever be ready?
                          Magic 8 Ball says "Very doubtful".

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                          • #14
                            This is looking good. The 2.6.40 kernel will probably land around the same time decent mATX z68 based boards are going mainstream. Intel seems to be getting the drivers straight. Just in time for a second HTPC build

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jimbo View Post
                              Please Michael show more graphics hardware benchmarks as a reference, ati or nvidia (preferably both), this way would be easy to see how the performance of SB compares to different hardware / driver.
                              I managed to cobble together a comparison from OpenBenchmarking.org, showing Phoronix's latest AMD and Noveau benchmarks versus this intel one. The hardware aside from graphics looks to be the same. (And ugh, openbenchmarking.org is hard to use ):

                              http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...IV-OPENWS00394

                              Intel doesn't have far to go to catch up with AMD and noveau open source (which is impressive given their respective hardware...)

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