Intel Graphics Hit High Point With Linux 3.6 Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 16 August 2012. Page 2 of 3. 10 Comments

Right from the start with Lightsmark we see an immediate performance improvement out of the Linux 3.6 kernel compared to Linux 3.4/3.5 while maintaining the same user-space (Mesa / libdrm / xf86-video-intel). The Linux 3.6 kernel yields a 29% boost in the frame-rate for this OpenGL lighting benchmark compared to the current-stable Linux 3.5 vanilla kernel.

Nexuiz on the Core i7 3517UE low-power system is up by 26% with this newer kernel. The likely reasoning for this 3.6 performance improvement could be the Intel hardware context support.

Even the old OpenArena 0.8.5 game that's GLSL-less and not very demanding saw a small performance boost with the Linux 3.6 kernel. The Intel context support is not only for Ivy Bridge but goes back to the "Gen4" IGPs too.

The newest OpenArena release is about 29% faster with the Linux 3.6 development kernel over Linux 3.5.

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