LLVMpipe Tests On Mesa Git With An Intel Core i7 Broadwell

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 3 August 2015 at 10:16 AM EDT. 5 Comments
While LLVMpipe isn't intended for much more than a software fallback for modern Linux desktops and as an aid for debugging Mesa/Gallium3D drivers using a hardware-neutral driver, it can be interesting once in a while running benchmarks on this software driver.

For shits and giggles, I ran a few LLVMpipe gaming tests on an Intel Core i7 5775C "Broadwell" desktop system with Ubuntu 15.04 x86_64 and Mesa 10.7-devel with LLVM 3.7 SVN.

While the primary hardware drivers in Mesa are moving onto supporting OpenGL 4.0~4.2, LLVMpipe still could use a lot more appreciation with it only partially supporting some GL4 extensions and not being nearly as well off as Intel/Radeon/Nouveau even though this driver comes down to being a software rasterizer.

If you want to see how LLVMpipe is doing on a modern system with the latest software code, via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file are a few OpenGL benchmark results against the Intel Iris Pro 6200 Graphics. Again, there isn't too much value out of those tests, but sometimes curiosity just gets the best of us.
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