The Direction Of Intel Graphics With Fedora 13 Alpha

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 10 March 2010. Page 2 of 2. 10 Comments

With the Tremulous game, Fedora 13 Alpha was the fastest and outperformed Fedora 12. However, even when Fedora 13 Alpha did better than the past two Fedora releases, the performance from the GMA 950 still is not enough to make this open-source game playable with its frame-rate just hovering around 15 FPS.

With OpenArena it was another case where the performance with Fedora 13 Alpha was slower than its predecessor.

Again, Fedora 13 Alpha was slower than Fedora 12. This time the test was Urban Terror. Urban Terror had the lowest frame-rate among the ioquake3 games tested.

From these very preliminary tests, the Intel graphics stack in Fedora 13 at this time is running slower than in Fedora 12. However, this still puts the performance in the Goddard release ahead of Fedora 11. There was one exception and that was with Tremulous where the best performance was actually this new alpha release. We will be conducting more tests so stay tuned and hopefully these regressions will be worked out by the May release of Fedora 13.

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