Intel's 2.7 Graphics Driver Still Has Problems
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 16 April 2009 at 01:35 PM EDT. 6 Comments
Last night Intel pushed out the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver, but still it does not correct some of the performance regressions that have been occurring within the Intel Linux graphics stack for the past few months. While there are UXA improvements in the 2.7 driver, the performance is still bad.

Continuing on from our benchmarks yesterday where we looked at the greedy migration heuristics performance and early Linux 2.6.30 benchmarks, we have tested out the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver with the Linux 2.6.30-rc2 kernel. We tested out both UXA and EXA acceleration.

All of these results can be found over at Phoronix Global. As you can see, there are improvements in some areas, but Intel's Linux performance is still in shambles and all over the place. UXA is still running slower than EXA in some areas too.

It looks like it may be a little while longer before these problems get worked out in Intel's Linux graphics driver. Though if you appreciate these benchmarks, be sure to follow our Twitter feed or RSS feed. Also consider joining Phoronix Premium to view Phoronix without ads and to view multi-page articles on a single page, etc. Donations are also accepted.

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