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Is Intel Sandy Bridge Getting Faster On Linux?

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Published on 21 June 2013 02:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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With the extensive coverage on Phoronix this month of Intel's new Haswell processors on Linux, many articles have shown that when using the latest components (e.g. Linux 3.10 kernel and Mesa 9.2) that the OpenGL performance is a whole lot faster. But are these changes specific to Haswell or benefit Intel's driver as a whole? In this article are new benchmarks from an older Intel "Sandy Bridge" system with HD 3000 graphics to see whether the performance there is also improving with the latest Linux code.

For those curious how the Intel Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" performance with HD 3000 graphics change when upgrading to the Linux 3.10 kernel and the Mesa 9.2 development code, I ran some benchmarks from an HP EliteBook notebook and uploaded the results on OpenBenchmarking.org to 1306213-SO-SANDYBRID14.

Note: with the Linux 3.10 kernel and the new P-State driver the Turbo Boost frequency is now being reported rather than just the base frequency.
The short answer is that there isn't much (or any) change for Intel Sandy Bridge with the Linux 3.10 kernel and Mesa 9.2 compared to Mesa 9.1 and recent versions of the Linux kernel. Most of the Intel Linux OpenGL driver optimization work is specifically focused around Haswell.

With Intel's Windows OpenGL driver for Sandy/Ivy Bridge still outperforming Linux, it's unfortunate there aren't any new performance optimizations to speak of at this time for the older hardware.

Find the rest of these Intel Core i5 OpenGL benchmarks here.

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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