Intel Skylake HD Graphics 530 Performance On Linux

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

Most of our initial open-source Skylake OpenGL benchmark results are showing the i5-6600K performing at the same speed as the A10-7850K/A10-7870K or modestly faster... Of course, when looking at the CPU performance that's sure to be a very different story as will be shown in my i5-6600K Skylake CPU Linux review later this week.

Well, that's that for the initial Skylake HD Graphics 530 benchmark results on Linux. Compared to Haswell HD Graphics 4600, the i5-6660K HD Graphics 530 results were a fair amount faster and allowed Intel to compete with the AMD Kaveri APUs when running the open-source Linux drivers. However, in some of these OpenGL tests the difference between Haswell and Skylake weren't too significant. Intel continues making strides on the performance front, but if you're really wanting Intel graphics for Linux gaming, you'll be much better off with the Core i7 5775C Broadwell CPU until Intel rolls out a socketed Skylake CPU with Iris Pro Graphics.

Stay tuned for the Intel Core i5 6600K Linux CPU benchmark results in the next few days, which will consist of a larger selection of processors tested under Fedora. As mentioned already, other planned articles include Mesa 11.0 benchmarks, low-end discrete GPU comparison against the HD Graphics 530, Steam Linux game tests, compiler tests, and much more. There's also the possibility of some Skylake Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks (similar to the recent Broadwell Iris Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu tests) and other possibilities based on reader interest and support. If you appreciate all of the extensive Linux hardware testing done at Phoronix on a daily basis by your's truly, consider helping out by becoming part of Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal contribution (or at the very least to view without any ad blockers as ads are the primary means of making the site sustainable) to help cover hardware costs and related expenditures. And if you are tipping or subscribing, be sure to leave a comment about what Skylake Linux tests you'd like to see next.

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