Mesa's New "Crocus" OpenGL Driver Is Performing Well For Old Intel Hardware

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 15 June 2021. Page 3 of 3. 23 Comments

The Crocus Gallium3D driver was performing about the same speed as i965 on this Core i7 4770K desktop for Xonotic.

The performance is quite competitive already for Crocus.

Within some ParaView visualization test cases this new Intel Gallium3D driver was much faster than i965.

GpuTest and other synthetic tests were performing in the same area between drivers.

Overall I was a bit surprised to see Crocus performing so well already in many cases delivering similar performance to the i965 classic driver. There still is one month to go before the Mesa 21.2 branching to see what more Crocus improvements could still land in the next few weeks.

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