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Linux 3.1 Enhances Sandy Bridge, Preps For Ivy Bridge

Michael Larabel

Published on 27 October 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 6 of 6 - 2 Comments

While there is now frame-buffer compression (FBC) enabled by default in Linux 3.1, the power consumption goes higher when running OpenArena on the latest kernel compared to the Linux 3.0 kernel.

This was also the case for the Warsow game, but at least the power consumption is down compared to Linux 2.6.39.

The OpenGL performance with the Linux 3.1 kernel is certainly up for Intel Sandy Bridge graphics thanks to LLC, there's also other improvements such as better supporting HDMI/DisplayPort and frame-buffer compression, but the power consumption is still not ideal but will hopefully be ironed out for the Linux 3.2 kernel.

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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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