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Intel Linux OpenGL Driver Remains Slower Than Windows

Michael Larabel

Published on 25 September 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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When running Xonotic at 1920 x 1080, KDE was back to performing significantly faster than using the default Ubuntu desktop. However, the Intel Windows driver continued to be much faster for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge with all tested image quality settings.

To no real surprise, the Intel Linux OpenGL performance is still sub-par compared to the Intel Windows driver. The Intel Windows driver is in better shape but at least the Intel OTC developers have been making great progress in recent years in terms of slowly but surely catching up on OpenGL compliance, display and 3D features, and more timely hardware support. Intel is planning more OpenGL Linux performance improvements going into next year. Haswell and Valley View Linux preparations are also well underway.

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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