Broadwell Vulkan Performance Also Up After Recent Mesa Git Work

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 17 January 2017 at 07:25 AM EST. Add A Comment
Yesterday I published a number of OpenGL/Vulkan benchmarks from Mesa Git in Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance, Closer To OpenGL Driver Speed. Those tests were with Skylake desktop graphics so for some follow-up reference tests I also fired up Mesa Git on an Intel Broadwell ultrabook.

With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Vulkan performance too goes up when using the fresh Mesa Git following the round of HiZ improvements last week. See the aforelinked article for more back information.
Mesa Git Testing

Here are those numbers for reference.
Mesa Git Testing

The i7-5600U isn't really great for gaming, but indeed the Mesa code from last week does boost this system's Broadwell performnace with Vulkan.
Mesa Git Testing

And makes it a tiny bit faster than OpenGL with the i965 Mesa driver...
Mesa Git Testing

Mesa Git Testing

More details via 1701166-RI-MESAGITTE00 on and see yesterday's article for more information. Mesa 17.0 will be released as stable in February.
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