Is Windows 7 Actually Faster Than Ubuntu 10.04?
With this first article looking at the OpenGL / graphics / gaming performance between the operating systems we used the Nexuiz, OpenArena, Urban Terror, Warsow, Lightsmark, Unigine Sanctuary, Unigine Tropics, Unigine Heaven, X-Plane 9, and SPECViewPerf 10.0 benchmarks. The Phoronix Test Suite on Windows, Linux, and in most cases Mac OS X natively supports all of these test profiles too. With each of the games we ran them full-screen at 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1400 x 1050, 1680 x 1050, and 1920 x 1080. For displaying the results, we have a line graph that shows how each of the systems and operating systems scaled at the different resolutions and an accompanying table to show the actual result numbers and to provide a more concise way of comparing the results. In addition, note that for any test where the system running Microsoft Windows was the winner is highlighted red and any time Ubuntu won, the number is highlighted in green. The process of generating these graph visuals were also provided automatically by the Phoronix Test Suite thanks to new features in the 2.6 "Lyngen" code-base.
Below is a listing (from the Phoronix Test Suite too) of the different hardware components that comprised each computer system. Also, note the identifier associated with each test system, as that is how the results are displayed in the graphs (i.e. the system bearing the Intel Core i3 CPU/graphics is called "CI3" and the AMD Opteron workstation is called "OPT").
As you can see, across these six test systems used (not counting the Mac(s) to be used in future articles) there is quite a range of hardware with a mix of Intel and AMD processors as well as Intel, ATI/AMD, and NVIDIA graphics.
Any questions about our test procedures or benchmarking software can be directed to the forums. Without further ado, let us see how Ubuntu's 10.04 LTS release can run against Microsoft's proprietary Windows 7 operating system.
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