Intel Haswell Linux Performance Improved A Lot In 2013

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 19 December 2013 at 09:30 AM EST. Page 4 of 4. 10 Comments.

The Linux 3.13 kernel didn't bring much over Linux 3.12 for the Intel Haswell OpenGL performance, but this newer kernel is the first to support next year's Broadwell processors with even faster graphics capabilities.

Overall, 2013 was a very splendid year for Intel as they keep advancing their open-source graphics driver stack and in-step their graphics hardware is getting much faster each year too. Looking forward to 2014, it would be great if OpenGL 4.0 is supported by Mesa and the Intel DRI driver for Haswell/Broadwell and further optimizations made to make for nice Intel Linux gaming performance.

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