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Ubuntu 13.10 Can Outperform OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" On Intel OpenGL

Michael Larabel

Published on 18 July 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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The only Xonotic test case where OS X 10.9 performed better than Ubuntu 13.10 was when utilizing ultra quality settings for the open-source OpenGL game, but the rest of the time the Ubuntu Linux performance with Intel i965 Mesa driver was noticeably faster.

The Urban Terror first person shooter was also much faster on Ubuntu 13.10 than OS X 10.9 Mavericks with the HD 3000 Sandy Bridge graphics.

While OS X 10.9 can claim GL4 support for Intel graphics, for at least the older Sandy Bridge graphics the open-source Intel Mesa driver can deliver superior performance. Tests from our other Apple systems and when testing other subsystems against Linux are still forthcoming on Phoronix.

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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