Intel Haswell HD Graphics With CS:GO On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 29 September 2014 at 12:08 PM EDT. 8 Comments
Besides Radeon Gallium3D tests of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, I also did one test-run this weekend of CS:GO using Intel's "Haswell" HD Graphics with the open-source Mesa driver.

Like this morning's RadeonSI results, the Intel HD Graphics 4600 trial run was done with the current Ubuntu 14.10 development packages -- the Linux 3.16 stable kernel and Mesa 10.2.6, although Mesa 10.3 is in the process of landing. As said in the article as well, I will have Mesa 10.3/10.4 results out soon for the open-source Intel/Radeon/Nouveau graphics on Linux, among other Steam on Linux benchmark results.

Due to close cooperation between Intel and Valve on the Linux side, it's important to reiterate that Intel's been optimizing their Mesa driver for CS:GO long before the public debut of the game last week. The open-source Radeon and Nouveau teams don't current have this level of cooperation with Valve right now, albeit those teams are not nearly as well staffed as the Intel OTC and are generally busy with other tasks.

With Mesa 10.2.6, the Intel HD Graphics 4600 of the Core i7 4770K at least comes out ahead of the buggy Radeon R7 260X on the same stack. All of the system information and other details can be found via 1409299-LI-CSGOLINUX52. Again, stay tuned for other more interesting benchmarks on Phoronix of this latest high-profile Linux game.
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