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Intel Sandy Bridge Shines With Mesa 8.0

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 January 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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For another ioquake3 game, with World of Padman the performance improvement with this user-space OpenGL library upgrade equated to a 6% improvement.

Lastly, for Urban Terror there is a 10% boost under Mesa 8.0.

On average the Mesa 8.0 release is easily 6~10% faster for many OpenGL applications compared to the Mesa 7.11 release for current-generation Intel Sandy Bridge hardware. It is not only within Mesa where Intel has been focusing upon performance optimizations, but ongoing work is taking place within the Intel Linux kernel DRM and the xf86-video-intel DDX (namely in the form of Glamor and SNA acceleration).

Beyond the performance going up, the Sandy Bridge graphics are supportive of OpenGL 3.0 / GL Shading Language (GLSL) 1.30 with this forthcoming open-source release. Previous generations of Intel graphics hardware have not received as many enhancements as Sandy Bridge, but still should be in good standing for their hardware capabilities. It is also reported that Intel Ivy Bridge Linux graphics are already shining, but we will need to wait a bit longer to see for ourselves.

If you have any questions for Intel about their Linux support, give them your questions and feedback.

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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