1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Intel's UXA 2D Performance Improvements

Michael Larabel

Published on 25 June 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 4 - 5 Comments

In this month's AMD Catalyst 10.6 driver update for Linux they rolled out the ATI 2D Acceleration Architecture, which pleased many ATI Radeon customers, but they aren't the only ones working towards improved 2D support. Intel's open-source engineers have been working to optimize their xf86-video-intel DDX driver 2D performance with much of this work being clearly shown in the Intel 2.12 X.Org driver update. Here are some benchmarks showing the significant performance gains brought by this open-source Intel driver.

When it comes to 2D and Intel's UXA acceleration architecture there are many measurable performance improvements, some of which we have already talked about. These 2D performance improvements target the Intel 915G, 945G, and Pineview graphics chipsets and include speeding up the glyph rendering, avoiding software fallbacks when using extended desktops, better performance when using large windows (i.e. scrolling a window with Firefox), and avoiding migration ping-pong with gigantic drawings. Intel's own numbers show speed-ups in different tests ranging from 1.06x all the way up to 5.41x the older driver.

These 2D performance improvements are certainly appreciated seeing as just a year ago Intel had killed the netbook experience with its shoddy 2D experience and stability problems following the migration to KMS, DRI2, and the Graphics Execution Manager. To measure these performance improvements we used JXRenderMark, QGears2, GtkPerf, Render Bench, and x11perf from the Phoronix Test Suite. The test system was a Samsung NC10 netbook with an Intel Atom N270 processor, Intel 945G graphics, 2GB of system memory, and a 32GB OCZ Core Series SSD.

On a clean daily installation of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat with the Linux 2.6.35-2-generic (i686) kernel, X.Org Server 1.8.2 RC1, GCC 4.4.4, and the EXT4 file-system, the stock xf86-video-intel 2.11.0 driver was tested. Ubuntu 10.10 will likely end up shipping with this xf86-video-intel 2.12.0 driver before it goes gold in October, but for now, it is using the stable 2.11 release. After testing the stable release the xf86-video-intel 2.12 RC1 (v2.11.901) release was tested. After testing the 2.11 and 2.12 RC1 releases on Ubuntu 10.10 we went back and did a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to show its "out of the box" performance with the Intel DDX driver. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS uses the older xf86-video-intel 2.9.1 driver as it was the last release to carry both kernel and user mode-setting support and Lucid Lynx also carries the older Linux 2.6.33 DRM that was back-ported to the Linux 2.6.32 kernel.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
  2. 13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon
  3. ASUS AM1I-A: A Mini-ITX Board For Socketed Kabini APUs
  4. Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case
Latest Linux Articles
  1. How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
  2. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks
  3. Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks
  4. AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs
Latest Linux News
  1. Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release
  2. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  3. Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot
  4. AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux
  5. TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter
  6. Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes
  7. AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs
  8. ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS
  9. eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years
  10. Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux
  11. Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated
  12. Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Catalyst 14.3 Beta
  4. Suggestions about how to make a Radeon HD 7790 work decently?
  5. Radeon 8000M problematic on Linux?
  6. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  7. After Jack Keane, RuseSoft will briing Ankh 3 to Linux through Desura
  8. Suspected PHP Proxy Issue