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Preview: Intel's Open-Source Driver Can Beat Mac OS X

Michael Larabel

Published on 24 January 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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Now that the Mid-2011 Apple Mac Mini with Sandy Bridge graphics is back to functioning, expect a full roundabout of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" vs. Linux benchmarks in the near future. The initial results are quite positive for the open-source Linux driver compared to Apple's official Mac OS X Intel driver. Besides the performance, with Mac OS X 10.7.2 there's still even cases where Sandy Bridge is rendering OpenGL incorrectly and the Intel Mesa DRI driver is working as expected -- SNB rendering issues haven't been too common now for a number of months. The photos on this page are when running Mac OS X 10.7.2.

For further reading about the current state of the Intel Sandy Bridge Linux driver, read Intel Sandy Bridge Shines With Mesa 8.0.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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