SNA & UXA Intel Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 17 September 2014 at 01:13 PM EDT. 6 Comments
Here's some benchmarks of the Intel Linux graphics stack on X.Org Server 1.16.

In complementing this morning's Radeon GLAMOR X.Org Server 1.16 benchmarks compared against X.Org Server 1.15, here's some benchmarks of the xf86-video-intel DDX with the 1.15 and 1.16 server releases via the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic archive. SNA and UXA were the acceleration methods tested for this article, which are contained within the xf86-video-intel DDX rather than the xorg-server code-base, but still there's some performance changes to note.

GLAMOR wasn't tested on Intel since the Ubuntu xserver-xorg-video-intel package still doesn't build with GLAMOR support and Intel GLAMOR support doesn't seem to be too common (yet) aside from in the XWayland use-case, though as GLAMOR continues to be tuned it might become more of an option if it's performance can become more vibrant against the heavily-tuned SNA. The benefit of GLAMOR over SNA is that the code is hardware-independent and is a much smaller and easier to maintain code-base than "Sandy Bridge New Acceleration".

Anyhow, for those curious about these quick Intel SNA/UXA benchmarks atop Ubuntu 14.10 with X.Org Server 1.16, all of the test results can be found via 1409131-LI-XSERVER1110 on The tests were done with Intel Haswell HD Graphics using the small and Linux-friendly CompuLab Intense-PC2; all the other hardware and software details are within that result file.
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