Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 4 May 2016. Page 4 of 4. 21 Comments

With the synthetic GpuTest results, it still was a case of Fedora 23 Xfce and Clear Linux 7820 both outperforming Xubuntu 16.04 LTS by a noticeable margin, even when using the Linux 4.6 kernel and Mesa 11.3-devel. Clear Linux and Fedora enabling DRI3 may explain some of the difference for a subset of these OpenGL benchmarks, but likely not all. For verification, later today I'll post some follow-up tests in a one-page article when manually enabling DRI3 for Intel graphics on Xubuntu 16.04.

Between Clear Linux and Fedora 23 Xfce, it was a virtual dead heat between these modern Linux distributions on the Haswell ultrabook with Intel Iris Graphics.

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