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NVIDIA Performance: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux 12.10

Michael Larabel

Published on 13 September 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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Lastly, when running the "Nexuiz successor" at 2560 x 1600 with the three visual quality settings, Ubuntu 12.10 continued to lead when using the KDE desktop -- this was now even the case for the affordable GeForce GT 220 graphics card.

It depends upon the actual OpenGL application/game, but overall the NVIDIA binary graphics driver that is comprised of largely common code across supported platforms (Windows, Linux, BSD, and Solaris) can perform at the same speed between operating systems. However, with the dual testing of Ubuntu (Unity) and Kubuntu (KDE), there are certainly bigger areas that can impact the overall OpenGL performance of your GeForce system. Hopefully by the Ubuntu 12.10 release in October, more of the Unity and Compiz performance issues will be fixed since it's the default desktop for the popular Linux distribution and what most people use, which right now is hampering the Linux performance battle against Microsoft Windows.

If on Ubuntu you happen to be using the open-source Nouveau driver for the NVIDIA graphics support rather than tainting your kernel with this binary blob, unfortunately, those numbers are rather troubling still and will be the focus of a future Phoronix article with the forthcoming Mesa 9.0 release, etc.

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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