Question about the difference between the modesetting and the driver for Intel UHD graphics

Out of curiosity, I read the ArchWiki page for the Intel UHD graphics, because some time ago I had a problem with that would freeze if used with the driver. Now I don’t understand the difference between the modesetting of the kernel and the driver xf86-video-intel. Can someone explain it to me?

The modesetting driver is a generic driver.

xf86-video-intel is the intel specific driver.

My understanding is that generally speaking, performance will be better with xf86-video-intel but it is more common to encounter compatibility issues while the built-in modesetting driver pretty much always “just works”.

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