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Intel graphics - it's the SW not the HW
Posted Jul 25, 2012 13:41 UTC (Wed) by gioele (subscriber, #61675)
Ah, irony. The biggest open source contributor to the graphic subsystem and the one with the most updated drivers is developing against the older (hopefully one day deprecated) graphic stack.
Posted Jul 25, 2012 20:10 UTC (Wed) by pflugstad (subscriber, #224)
Which makes my point even more valid. The SW stack running over the top of the Intel hardware is basically 3-5 years (at least) behind Nvidia/AMD. So regardless of how good a graphics card Intel actually does make, the SW is just not there to support it.
Posted Jul 25, 2012 20:55 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
So the situation is much more nuanced and complex than you think :)
Posted Jul 28, 2012 16:43 UTC (Sat) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613)
Actually, Intel uses a stack with an older *base* than AMD/Nouveau, but the Intel stack is still way more *polished*, and therefore currently offers better hw utilization than the AMD and Nouveau drivers. Of course, the Intel hw is so much slower than AMD and Nvidia hw, that they still loose all benchmarks, despite their better drivers.
However, this gap in polish is slowly shrinking as Gallium improves, and all new mesa state trackers (ie OpenVG, OpenCL, d3d1x, xorg, vdpau, etc) requires way more work to implement in Intel drivers, so sooner or later Intel will have to switch to Gallium if they want to keep up...
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