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Intel HiZ Is Finally Ready For Sandy Bridge

Michael Larabel

Published on 23 November 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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Smokin' Guns is unchanged by Intel HiZ support.

The HiZ support allows for delivering 10% more frames for the Core i5 Sandy Bridge notebook in Urban Terror.

It has taken some time to get HiZ support in place for Intel's Mesa DRI driver and on by default for Sandy Bridge, but this now allows for the performance to go up once again for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver stack. This is just one of several major performance improvements that the Intel Sandy Bridge Linux driver has seen this year. The HiZ support for Ivy Bridge will hopefully be on by default by the time that the hardware is shipping in 2012.

Now to look forward to OpenGL 3.0 compliance, among other driver improvements still forthcoming...

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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