Intel Haswell HD Graphics End Of 2013 vs. 2014 Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 28 December 2014. Page 1 of 4. 9 Comments

Following on from yesterday's Phoronix testing that provided an extensive look at AMD's incredible open-source driver advancements over 2014 by benchmarking the open-source graphics stack from the end of 2013 compared to the end of this year, out now is similar treatment for Intel HD Graphics with their open-source Linux driver for Haswell hardware.

Being tested today is the graphics performance of an Intel Core i7 4790K with HD Graphics 4600 when benchmarking Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 14.10. From the i7-4790K Haswell system, the following software configurations were tested similar to yesterday's Radeon tests:

- Ubuntu 13.10 out-of-the-box. This configuration includes the Linux 3.11 kernel, xf86-video-intel 2.99.904, and Mesa 9.2.1.

- Ubuntu 14.10 out-of-the-box. Ubuntu 14.10 the Utopic Unicorn shipped with the Linux 3.16 kernel, xf86-video-intel 2.99.914, and Mesa 10.3.0.

- Ubuntu 14.10 when using Mesa 10.5-devel, xf86-video-intel 2.99.917, and the Linux 3.18.0 mainline kernel.

As outlined in yesterday's article, all of the same hardware/software settings were used during testing (including the same CPU frequency; reported system table differences just come down to differences what's reported by the CPU frequency scaling driver).

All of the Intel OpenGL benchmarks in this article were run via the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software. Coming up in the next few days to complement these Haswell numbers will be some Ivy Bridge Linux benchmarks that go back further in time. Additionally there will be a fresh Linux vs. Windows comparison using the latest Windows OpenGL driver.

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