Intel Graphics Performance: Ubuntu 17.04 vs. 17.10

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 20 October 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT. Page 1 of 4. 6 Comments.

Given the Ubuntu 17.10 release this week and its massive desktop changes from GNOME Wayland to Mesa/kernel upgrades, we've been busy benchmarking this new Ubuntu OS release. Complementing the Radeon Ubuntu 17.04 vs. 17.10 gaming comparison are now some OpenGL/Vulkan benchmarks when using Intel Kabylake graphics hardware on Ubuntu 17.04, 17.10 with X.Org and Wayland, and the performance if upgrading against Linux/Mesa Git.

The Intel HD Graphics 630 comparison for this article included:

- Ubuntu 17.04 with its stock Linux 4.10 and Mesa 17.0.7 environment atop Unity 7 with the X.Org session.

- Ubuntu 17.10 out-of-the-box with the GNOME Shell session on Wayland with the Linux 4.13 kernel and Mesa 17.2.2.

- The same Ubuntu 17.10 software stack but switching to the GNOME Shell X.Org session via the GDM log-in manager.

- Ubuntu 17.10 on Wayland when upgrading against Linux 4.14 Git and Mesa 17.3-dev. The Mesa Git packages were obtained from the Padoka PPA that now supports 17.10/Artful.

All of the tests were done with the same Intel Core i7 7700K system.

Kabylake i7-7700K Ubuntu 17.04 vs. 17.10

All of these OpenGL and Vulkan Linux gaming benchmarks of Intel graphics on Ubuntu were carried out in a fully-automated and reproducible manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

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