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Mac OS X Intel Graphics Still Outperform Linux

Feb 14, 2011, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

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"In recent weeks we have been talking about Intel's Linux advancements as it concerns their latest "Sandy Bridge" generation of processors with integrated graphics (and there are a few more articles on the way), but how is their latest open-source driver stack performing on the older generations of Intel integrated graphics? Previously, the Intel Linux graphics have been the real loser in our multi-OS comparisons, but is this still the case? At least when comparing the Linux and Mac OS X performance on Intel 945 hardware, yes, the Mesa driver falls behind at OpenGL acceleration.

"Today we have updated results to deliver that compare the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Ubuntu 10.10, and Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2 under an Apple Mac Mini with Intel GMA 950 / i945 graphics. We also wanted to deliver results under Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1, but this older Mac Mini has EFI problems booting Windows 7 x64 and we do not have a copy of the 32-bit version of Windows 7. The Mac Mini has an Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 CPU, an Intel 945 Mobile + ICH7-M motherboard, 1GB of system memory, an 80GB Hitachi HTS54258 SATA hard drive, and Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics.

"With Mac OS X 10.6.6, there is the 10.6 kernel, X Server 1.4.2-apple56, OpenGL 1.4 support, and the Journaled HFS+ file-system. On Ubuntu 10.10 there is the Linux 2.6.35 kernel, X.Org Server 1.9.0, xf86-video-intel 2.12.0 DDX, Mesa 7.9-devel, an EXT4 file-system, and the GNOME desktop. Under Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2 is the Linux 2.6.38 kernel, X.Org Server 1.10 RC1, xf86-video-intel 2.14.0, Mesa 7.10, an EXT4 file-system, and Canonical's Unity desktop. Each OS was left in its stock configuration."

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