Intel Icelake "Gen11" Graphics Are A Huge Upgrade Over Gen9 With Good Linux Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 24 October 2019. Page 8 of 8. 18 Comments

Throughout all of these graphics tests, the Core i7-1065G7 within the Dell XPS 7390 saw an average CPU core temperature of 59~62 degrees compared to the Core i7-8565U within the Dell XPS 9380 having an average temperature of 65 degrees and 67 degrees for the older i7-8550U.

The system temperature also was lower on the Icelake laptop with not only the average system temperature.

The average power consumption was comparable between these Dell XPS laptops.

If taking the geometric mean of all the graphics tests carried out in this article, the Core i7-1065G7 was 60% faster than the Core i7-8565U / i7-8550U with UHD Graphics 620. When switching over to the Gallium3D driver for Icelake it meant 9.8% higher performance than the default i965 OpenGL driver, which for Mesa 20.0 the default will hopefully change for Broadwell and newer.

Overall, the Gen11 Icelake graphics are looking like a big upgrade over Gen9 and so far are working out quite well under Linux. So far most of my Icelake testing has been from Ubuntu 19.10 and Clear Linux while other Linux graphics tests from this Dell XPS 7390 are forthcoming on Phoronix. In case you missed it, last week were some Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks for the Icelake Iris Plus Graphics for those wondering how the Intel OpenGL/Vulkan driver performance compares.

In case you missed it, be sure to look at our Core i7-1065G7 Icelake Linux performance benchmarks in many CPU workloads.

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