Are Intel Skylake Graphics Any Faster With Linux 4.4?

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 27 November 2015 at 08:11 AM EST. 6 Comments
Following the recent Mesa 11.2-devel Git tests on Skylake I also ran a comparison to see if the OpenGL performance differed at all when comparing Linux 4.3.0 to Linux 4.4 in its second release candidate form.

From the Core i5 6600K "Skylake" system I ran some tests of the HD Graphics 530 to see if the performance was impacted at all by switching to the latest Linux kernel development code as of this week.
Linux Kernel Testing Intel Skylake Ubuntu 15.10

The short story is that with the tests done via the Phoronix Test Suite, the performance was largely unchanged.
Linux Kernel Testing Intel Skylake Ubuntu 15.10
You can see all of the results via this result file.
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