Intel's New SNB Acceleration Architecture Still Maturing
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 31 August 2011. Page 2 of 6. 8 Comments

Sandy Bridge New Acceleration was working well with this bleeding edge graphics stack on top of an Ubuntu 11.10 development snapshot with the Unity desktop. The experience was pleasurable. Only when running a few OpenGL games were there any problems. In particular, OpenArena and World of Padman would run with SNA enabled, but when running the benchmarks the screen would appear black. Hopefully by the xf86-video-intel 2.17 release by year's end the remaining SNA acceleration issues will be sorted out and then enabled by default.

Today's testing took place with the Intel Core i5 2400S 2.50GHz Sandy Bridge CPU and an ASRock Z68 Pro3 motherboard. Full details are in the table below.

Besides SNA curiosity driving this article to end out the month, this is also the first Phoronix article to be taking advantage of the new OpenBenchmarking.org embedded graphs. In all SVG-supportive web browsers there should now be nice SVG-based graphs with integration into OpenBenchmarking.org while others will be served static PNGs that can be clicked and then a new OpenBenchmarking.org session is launched. Feedback on these new graphs is welcome.


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