Open-Source Linux Driver Comparison: Skylake HD Graphics vs. Radeon Gallium3D

With my Skylake HD Graphics 530 Linux tests earlier this month from the new Intel Core i5 6600K processor, I compared the performance to several Haswell/Broadwell CPUs as well as AMD APUs. In this article I'm providing some fresh benchmark results of Intel's "Gen9" graphics compared to discrete AMD Radeon GPUs tested on the same Skylake system. All tests were done with Mesa 11.0 code and the DRM-Next code for Linux 4.3.

6 Hours Ago - Display Drivers - 9 Comments
An Overview Of The Vulkan API

If for some reason you haven't been keeping up with our many articles about Vulkan and SPIR-V, there's a nice overview out about the new graphics API emerging from The Khronos Group.

9 Hours Ago - Standards - Vulkan API - 22 Comments

27 August

Vulkan Working For A Drawing Program

Aside from game developers that are members of The Khronos Group dabbling internally with game engine support for the Vulkan graphics API, a drawing program now also appears to be powered by this next-gen graphics API.

27 August 10:09 AM EDT - Standards - Vulkan Graphics - 13 Comments
DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 File-System Continues Maturing

Back in 2012 the HAMMER2 file-system was announced and lead DragonflyBSD developer Matthew Dillon didn't believe it would be until some time a year later (2013) that this HAMMER successor would all pan out. After more than three years of development, HAMMER2 seems like it's getting into shape.

27 August 07:52 AM EDT - BSD - HAMMER2 - 3 Comments

26 August

Preview Results For HD Graphics 530 With Linux 4.3's DRM-Next & Mesa 11.0

Continuing on from the articles earlier today about Linux 4.3 Will Let Skylake Graphics Play Out-Of-The-Box and Building Mesa 11.0 On Ubuntu Linux, here are a few very early test results when comparing the performance of the Intel Skylake graphics on Ubuntu 15.04 to the DRM-Next code to be integrated into Linux 4.3 as well as Mesa 11.0 in its near-final state.

26 August 06:17 PM EDT - Intel - Few Results - 3 Comments
Intel Still Slowly Hacking Towards Open-Source OpenCL 2.0 Linux Support

Following last month's update to Beignet, the Intel open-source project for providing open-source OpenCL compute support for their HD/Iris Graphics hardware, that brought Skylake support, SPIR, and other updates, there was some hope that OpenCL 2.0 support might become a greater focus to complement Beignet's OpenCL 1.2 support. Sadly, it looks like things are still moving slowly on the CL 2.0 front.

26 August 02:28 PM EDT - Intel - Beignet OpenCL 2.0 - 3 Comments

25 August

Libinput 1.0 Officially Released

At long last, libinput 1.0 has been released. Libinput is the input handling library commonly used by Wayland compositors and is optionally used in the X.Org world via the xf86-input-libinput driver and is starting to be used by the Ubuntu Mir display server.

25 August 09:54 PM EDT - Wayland - Libinput 1.0 - 13 Comments
Linux Power Efficiency Of Skylake, Broadwell, Haswell & Kaveri Compared

Last week from the new Intel Core i5 6600K "Skylake" processor I posted the initial Linux CPU benchmarks as well as results for the new HD Graphics 530 graphics processor with Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver stack. In this article are some complementary data points for this Core i5 Skylake CPU compared to Haswell and Broadwell processors as well as a AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU.

25 August 01:00 PM EDT - Processors - 25 Comments

24 August

The NVIDIA GPUs Delivering The Best Performance Per Watt & Per Dollar For Linux Gamers

Following last week's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 launch I took the current complete NVIDIA desktop line-up of Maxwell GPUs and ran a second set of Linux OpenGL gaming tests on each of them while this time looking closely at the performance-per-dollar and performance-per-Watt performance. Here's the look at these NVIDIA Linux results if you're wanting to find the graphics processor delivering the best value as a Linux gamer.

24 August 12:00 PM EDT - Graphics Cards - 11 Comments

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