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Intel Clarkdale Linux Graphics Performance

Feb 05, 2010, 07:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Last week we delivered our first Linux benchmarks of Intel's Core i3 Clarkdale processor with a variety of computational tests through the Phoronix Test Suite. While the Core i3 packs a nice performance punch, that is not all it has to offer. Also found on the Clarkdale (and mobile Arrandale) processors is an integrated 45nm graphics processor that is supposed to offer a decent level of performance in comparison to earlier Intel IGPs normally found on the motherboard's Chipset. In this article are these first Intel benchmarks for the Clarkdale graphics processor as we see how its open-source Intel driver stack compares to that of AMD with their open-source Radeon stack up through the Radeon R700 series.

"As was mentioned in a previous posting, the Clarkdale graphics processor does work with recent Linux distributions and there actually has been open-source support (even 3D) prior to the availability of the hardware. In fact, the support process began months ago. This support is not perfect as it was common to run into GPU crashes (as mentioned in the aforementioned posting), but we have found out this issue is not specific to Clarkdale but is also occurring for some others using an updated Intel Linux driver stack. Besides these GPU crashes, everything was working fine, but these crashes are a glaring problem if you plan to use this chipset for any light OpenGL gaming. Compiz and just using the desktop seemed to work fine without any crashes during our days of testing."

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