Iris Gallium3D Driver Flips On Fast Clears For Broadwell "Gen 8" Graphics
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 2 April 2019 at 08:12 PM EDT. 1 Comment
A few weeks back Intel's next-gen OpenGL Linux driver, the Iris Gallium3D initiative, picked up support for fast color clears in order to boost performance. That initial support was for Skylake "Gen 9" and newer while now Broadwell "Gen 8" graphics have this functionality in place.

Intel developer Rafael Antognolli landed support for fast clears now on Broadwell now that the necessary prerequisites have been addressed.

Broadwell is the oldest generation of Intel hardware to be supported by this Intel Gallium3D driver while former generations of hardware will continue to have Linux OpenGL support via the i965 "classic" driver.

Fresh benchmarks of this new Iris Gallium3D driver will be coming up soon on Phoronix.
Related News
About The Author
Author picture

Michael Larabel is the principal author of and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via

Popular News This Week