Ubuntu Now Often Leads Windows 7 On Intel SNB Graphics Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 29 January 2014. Page 5 of 5. 22 Comments

The synthetic GpuTest results had varied but overall the Windows and Linux versions tested were very competitive with one another.

When Intel Sandy Bridge hardware first launched, the Windows driver tended to lead over Linux but now two years later we're seeing the open-source Intel driver match -- or exceed -- the latest Intel Windows performance levels. With much of the driver code-base being shared across Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge / Haswell generations, this is also largely the same for newer Intel processors too. Our previous cross-OS Haswell testing showed competitive performance between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 while a new round of tests will be due with the Linux 3.14 kernel and forthcoming Mesa 10.1 release.

While the performance is in good shape, disappointing some Sandy Bridge owners has been the fact that upstream Intel Linux developers are no longer too interested in new features for SNB -- like implementing OpenGL Geometry Shaders, but that work will likely be left up to the community.

If you enjoyed this article consider joining Phoronix Premium to view this site ad-free, multi-page articles on a single page, and other benefits. PayPal or Stripe tips are also graciously accepted. Thanks for your support.

Related Articles
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.