Intel OpenGL Performance Across 11 Linux Distributions
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 27 November 2017. Page 3 of 3. 12 Comments

ParaView was used as an OpenGL workstation app for testing. The enterprise distributions with the older graphics stack were noticeably slower than those using the newer packages with the Wavelet Volume test.

While in the Wavelet Contour test there wasn't much of a difference across these 2017 Linux distributions.

Overall there were no major upsets with the Intel HD Graphics 630 being relatively mature now on Linux with their Mesa OpenGL driver and so there didn't end up being many situations of vast performance differences. Intel's own Clear Linux was leading by a few frames in some of the tests due to it shipping Mesa 17.4-dev already and other performance optimizations that have been outlined in other Phoronix articles. Understandably, CentOS 7 / EL7 was the slowest most often due to its older kernel DRM and Mesa driver code.

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