How Intel HD Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers With Steam On Linux
As earlier this week I did a 20-way AMD Radeon open-source comparison, looked at the most energy efficient Radeon GPUs for Linux gaming, and then yesterday provided a look at the fastest NVIDIA GPUs for open-source gaming with Nouveau, in this article is a culmination of all the open-source graphics tests this week while seeing how Intel Haswell HD Graphics fall into the mix against the open-source Radeon R600/RadeonSI and Nouveau NV50/NVC0 graphics drivers.
With using the same system and nearly the same software stack (just having to bump the Mesa Git a few revisions for addressing a Nouveau compatibility issue), this is a wide look at the open-source graphics performance for Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau on Linux. The Linux 3.17 Git kernel and Mesa Git from this week (around the branching of Mesa 10.3 to Mesa 10.4-devel) along with the updated user-space drivers from the Oibaf PPA on Ubuntu provide a very good look at the best-case driver scenarios using the latest code out-of-the-box.
The Intel Core i7 4790K system with the ASRock Z97 Extreme6 motherboard, 16GB of DDR3 system memory, and 128GB Crucial SSD saw the following graphics cards tested this week from its Ubuntu 14.04 system with Mesa/Linux Git:
1: GeForce 9800GT
Just to reiterate for any Linux newbies, this is only the open-source graphics drivers being tested and not the proprietary AMD Catalyst or NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers. All of the Source Engine Steam game tests were done using the Phoronix Test Suite. For those looking for non-Source-Engine games (there's just been a lot of them this week due to reader requests), see our many other recent Linux display driver articles and Linux graphics card tests.
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