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Thu, Aug. 11th, 2011, 08:06 pm
SUSE graphical benchmark test

We at SUSE needed to know whether we had some severe regressions regarding graphics performance during enablement of intel SandyBridge graphics - and it turned out that it was not commonly understood what graphics performance is actually composed of. Some were only interested in core X commands (xterm users :-) , some only in render performance (office users :-) , some in low-core 3D graphics (compiz users :-) , some in hardcore 3D graphics (gamers :-) .

So finally I put together a standardized graphical benchmark with aspects for all users. And no, it won't output a single number, because that would be meaningless for everybody. But it makes it easy to compare different aspects between different graphics cards and drivers, and there are some surprising results. But more about the results later.

The sources for the benchmark are now on gitorious, and the Wiki entry describes its usage. It's currently somewhat tailored to SLE11SP1, so you might run into minor issues when running it on a different OS version. And of course, it's not very polished yet .

Thu, Aug. 11th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
dberkholz.com: Phoronix suite

How does this compare to the Phoronix suite?

Thu, Aug. 11th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
emmes: Re: Phoronix suite

I thought of using the Phoronix suite at first, but setting this suite up on new machines (and on every one of them) was prohibitively expensive. We don't require too many real life applications, but more some fundamental tests.

All in all this suite is much less involved, but also way easier to create, install, and run, at least on SUSE systems. It's probably of little use for end users, who care about application performance much more than academic test cases.