Linux 4.5 Intel Skylake DRM Graphics Performance Tests

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 21 February 2016 at 08:21 AM EST. Add A Comment
We have already covered AMD Linux 4.5 graphics tests and Nouveau graphics tests from this latest in-development version of the Linux kernel. If you've been wondering about any Intel HD Graphics performance changes out of Linux 4.5, here are some benchmarks.

In this article are some benchmarks of Linux 4.3 vs. 4.4 vs. 4.5 Git when using an Intel Core i5 6600K "Skylake" processor with HD Graphics 530. The test system was running Ubuntu 15.10 but aside from swapping out the vanilla kernel build there was also Mesa 11.2-devel running on the system and Intel DRI3 was enabled.
Intel Skylake Linux DRM Comparison

If you are unfamiliar with the Linux 4.5 Intel (i915) DRM improvements made this cycle, see our Linux 4.5 feature overview.
Intel Skylake Linux DRM Comparison

As you might have guessed when seeing this was a short article, the results aren't hugely different in this Linux 4.3 vs. 4.4 vs. 4.5 comparison. However, in some cases, Linux 4.5 is slower than the earlier releases.
Intel Skylake Linux DRM Comparison

But overall, there aren't any big surprises one way or another for Intel HD Graphics 530 with Linux 4.5.
Intel Skylake Linux DRM Comparison

Intel Skylake Linux DRM Comparison

You can find the rest of these Intel Linux graphics benchmark results from this result file.
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