Mesa 9.0 vs. Mesa 9.1-devel On Intel Sandy Bridge
For those Intel "Sandy Bridge" CPU owners with integrated HD 2000/3000 graphics, here are some benchmarks showing the performance of the current Mesa 9.1-devel Git code compared to the stable Mesa 9.0 release. There are a few performance improvements to be found for this open-source Intel Linux graphics driver.
This quick round of weekend benchmarking was done from an Intel Core i5 2520M laptop with HD 3000 graphics. Ubuntu 12.10 x86_64 was on the host with the Linux 3.5 kernel while comparing the current Mesa Git code from master (Mesa 9.1-devel git-224d0e4) compared to the Mesa 9.0 stable branch (Mesa 9.0.1 git-d0a9ab2).