Intel Haswell HD Graphics 4600 vs. AMD Radeon Graphics On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 17 June 2013. Page 5 of 5. 24 Comments

The Xonotic first person shooter results are similar to that of the other tested Linux OpenGL games. Overall, the Core i7 4770K with HD Graphics 4600 appears roughly able to compete with a mid-range AMD Radeon graphics card when its using the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver.

While being comparable to a mid-range AMD Radeon GPU, the integrated Haswell graphics offer a much lower power consumption than powering up a discrete GPU especially when the open-source Radeon driver still lacks suitable power management support.

Stay tuned for the rest of the Intel Haswell Linux graphics benchmarks against other Radeon and GeForce graphics cards in another Phoronix article in the coming days (likely using Xfce to ignore the Compiz segmentation faults with Nouveau). Overall, I continue to be very happy with Intel's Haswell CPUs under Linux -- both from the Core i7 4770K desktop CPU and also the Core i5 Haswell CPU found in the 2013 Apple MacBook Air, which is also being benchmarked under OS X and Linux at Phoronix.

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