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...
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.
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.