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OpenGL cpu benchmark QtQuick vs OSX Native

  • Dear all,

    I noticed some heavy cpu usage in a QtQuick (using Qt5.5) osx app compared to an equivalent Native OSX app. Around 5% more cpu usage with a simple app, up to 15% more with more complex OpenGL tasks.

    Both are using Core profile
    Version: 4.1 INTEL-10.6.33
    GLSL: 4.10

    In QtQuick I do openGL inside a QQuickFramebufferObject as I've seen advised many times.
    In OSX I draw inside a subclass of NSOpenGLView.

    Here are the OpenGL Profiler statistics:
    Where you can see that CGLFlushDrawable takes so much longer in QtQuick (avg 15418.39 microsec) than in Native OSX App (avg 1287.65 microsec).

    I know that what CGLFlushDrawable really does is to set the internal OpenGL state and then do the drawing, so I wonder if I am misusing QtQuick OpenGL somehow. Here is how I set up OpenGL in QtQuick app:

    QSurfaceFormat f;
    f.setVersion(4, 1);

    Then, when setting the framebuffer (inside QQuickFramebufferObject::Renderer method createFramebufferObject):

    QOpenGLFramebufferObjectFormat format;

    I really hope there is a solution that makes me achieve similar performance because I really enjoy QML and I'd like to continue using it.

    Hardware used:
    MacBookPro 13'' with retina screen,
    cpu: 3 GHz Intel Core i7
    gpu: Intel Iris 1536 MB

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  • @SGaist
    Thank you for the reply, SGaist! I'll do it.