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On ubuntu 13.10 saucy clean installation with an intel on-board graphics card, glxgears that comes with mesa-utils shows 60fps.

A much older computer with ATI card and fglrx drivers shows 600fps.

This is what lspci says:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

and

sudo apt-get install i965-va-driver
vainfo

shows

vainfo: VA-API version: 0.33 (libva 1.1.1)
vainfo: Driver version: Intel i965 driver - 1.0.20

Are there any concrete steps I can take to ensure that my intel on board card runs faster?

I went to this address https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads but the drivers are for ubuntu 13.04 and software center says dependencies are not met.

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60 fps sounds like the monitor refresh rate. Before you decide that you're not getting hardware acceleration, try this:

vblank_mode=0 glxgears

...you might be pleasantly surprised by the results.

See also http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17196117/disable-vertical-sync-for-glxgears.

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since last year I realized that having higher frames per second than the monitor refresh rate on an LCD screen does nothing but waste energy. (sorry, forgot to say it was a laptop) The card already worked as it was supposed to. That said, I will still accept the answer to this outdated question as correct. –  pwned Jul 14 at 7:33

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