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 Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

A 13 Line Patch That Boosts Intel Sandy Bridge Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 March 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 4 - 25 Comments

Beginning with Nexuiz, the speed improvement from this patch is nothing short of amazing. The frame-rate for this game on high quality settings had improved by 3.57x time on average at resolutions between 800 x 600 and 1920 x 1080. The Intel Linux OpenGL performance is now actually close to the Intel Windows driver performance with this game! At 1920 x 1080, the latest Linux stack had produced an average frame-rate of 15 FPS while the Windows driver was at 17 FPS and then the Linux code from a month ago was at a mere three frames per second.

This VS thread patch, however, does not make for remarkable improvements in all tests. With OpenArena there was no change in performance from this patch or any other DRM and Mesa work over the past month. Fortunately, at least for this ioquake3 game, the Sandy Bridge graphics under Linux are playable even at 1920 x 1080. The Intel Windows driver though still leads by approximately 53%.

With World of Padman, another ioquake3 game, there were frame-rate boosts with the latest Linux code, but only at the lower resolutions. At 800 x 600, the frame-rate was now elevated by 24%, but at 1920 x 1080 there was virtually no change in performance.

Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  2. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  3. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  4. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  5. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  6. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
Latest Linux News
  1. Phoronix Server Migration
  2. GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months
  3. AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot
  4. The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL
  5. OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt
  6. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  7. There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux
  8. Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up
  9. Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD
  10. Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
  2. Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
  3. My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100
  4. AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst
  5. Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued
  6. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend
  7. GIMP's Porting To GTK3 Continues
  8. Features Thus Far For The Linux 4.1 Kernel