Intel's Sandybridge Graphics On Linux
Phoronix: Intel's Sandybridge Graphics On Linux
Back in February we reported on the first signs of open-source support for Intel's Sandybridge, a.k.a. their sixth-generation Intel graphics processor integrated on their upcoming CPUs that succeed the Clarkdale/Arrandale CPUs. The Sandybridge hardware still has not launched nor will it until late this year or early next year, but the open-source support has been underway for months and from time to time we see new Linux code patches related to Sandybridge...
If all there is to it are these PCI ids, expect backports to virtually all 2010H2 distros...
What is sad is that since mesa is still OpenGL 2.1, Sandybridge graphics experience with Linux will be more limited than on Windows for quite some time...
Why, does Sandybridge support OpenGL 3.x on Windows? In short, who cares? It's not as if you'll be doing any serious 3d gaming on this chip.
Originally Posted by TemplarGR
Last time i checked it will certainly be Dx10 compatible, probably Dx11 too. So it is capable of supporting Opengl 3.x .
Originally Posted by BlackStar
And its capabilities are certainly enough for mainstream gaming. Most games have the same requirements since 3 years ago, since most are console ports.
So in windows, you will probably be able to game decently with these chips...
Seems kinda ontopic, so here we go:
I recently got a Laptop with Intel Core i5 processor and the integrated Intel GMA HD graphic (alongside with a ATi HD5650, but I'm not using that one in Linux).
And I've got to say I was expecting much more in terms of driver-support from Intel. I always thought Intel graphics were supposed to be the ones with the best foss-driver around, but so far my experince is that their drivers suck balls. KWin-compositing/2D is barely fast enough for desktop use, but flash-videos are choppy and in full-screen they almost lock up the system. Also HoN and some other games I've tried simply don't work.
All in all I've had a _much_ more pleasant linux experience with my old and trusty ATi X1900XT. But the Intel-gpu is still relatively young, so I guess there's still hope. Though as it looks like Intel is not going to switch to Gallium3d anytime soon, so performance will probably stay abyssimal for the foreseeable future.
You can enable vaapi support for h264, which is still in the early stages, but maybe somebody could convince Adobe to add vaapi support to flash.
When Steve Jobs says that h264 is not accellerated in videos then you get 2 weeks later video accelleration... Just for Linux there is no Steve Jobs - but i think for Android it already works too.
So are all of these (even the Xeons) going to have an integrated GPU? Seems like a bit of a waste potentially at the cost of more heat if you ask me. I can think of better things you could be doing with those transistors.
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