Intel Skylake HD Graphics 530 Performance On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 18 August 2015. Page 2 of 5. 14 Comments

The APU/CPUs used for testing for the initial HD Graphics 530 Linux results include:

- AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" with Radeon R7 Graphics
- AMD A10-7870K "Godavari" with Radeon R7 Graphics
- Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" with HD Graphics 4600
- Intel Core i7 4790K "Haswell" / Devil's Canyon with HD Graphics 4600
- Intel Core i7 5775C "Broadwell" with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
- Intel Core i5 6600K "Skylake" with HD Graphics 530

This article is just looking at the HD Graphics 530 performance while a Phoronix article later in the week will be looking at the Linux CPU performance of the Core i5 6600K compared to a greater selection of Intel and AMD hardware. All of the systems were using the same solid-state drive, all equipped with 2 x 8GB of DDR3/DDR4 system memory that matches the maximum stock frequency supported by the APU/CPU, and all allowed maximum allocation of video memory supported by the BIOS (1GB except for the HD Graphics 4770K configuration at 512MB due to BIOS limitation).

Fedora 22 Workstation x86_64 was running on all the systems with all stable updates as of last week. Additionally, the Fedora Rawhide Nodebug Kernel Repository was enabled for running on the latest Linux 4.2 Git kernel. Fedora 22 currently ships with Mesa 10.6.3 and X.Org Server 1.17.2. Tests with Mesa 11.0 and other customizations will come in follow-up articles. Plus, as usual at Phoronix, we'll deliver fresh benchmarks when there are other improvements made to Mesa/DRM such as with Linux 4.3, etc. Plus there's all of the CPU test results still to come for the i5-6600K. Separately will also be a look at discrete GPUs on Linux compared to the HD Graphics 530 on the Skylake CPU.

All of the OpenGL benchmarks for this article were conducted using the Phoronix Test Suite and comprised of the OpenGL 2/3 test profiles known to be able to run well on Mesa/Gallium3D for both the Intel and AMD drivers. Other Steam Linux gaming tests and such will come once the Intel Mesa driver hits the OpenGL 4.x milestones to allow for more titles to run on the driver.

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