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Mac OS X Power Consumption vs. Ubuntu 11.04, Windows 7

Michael Larabel

Published on 4 July 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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When running the OpenGL Nexuiz game, Ubuntu 11.04 continued burning through more power than Apple Mac OS X "Snow Leopard" did and to some extent, Windows 7 too.

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro SP1 had the highest frame-rate when running Nexuiz on each OS at 1920 x 1080, but on none of the platforms was the HD resolution playable when HDR was enabled.

At least for this Apple Mac Mini, Mac OS X is more power efficient than Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04, but it should not be too much of a surprise at all.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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