1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

Unity 6.6: Still Regressing On Performance?

Michael Larabel

Published on 29 September 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 2 - 31 Comments

With the recent release of the Unity 6.6 desktop for Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2, benchmarks were done to see how the OpenGL gaming performance compares to that of Unity 6.4 from the earlier beta state of the Quantal Quetzal, plus the respective Compiz versions. At least for Intel Ivy Bridge graphics under some workloads, it looks like the Unity/Compiz updates are slowing down the GL performance even further.

Some quick benchmarks were done from the Intel Ivy Bridge CompuLab Intense-PC looking at the Unity 6.6 performance plus updated Compiz packages compared to Unity 6.4.0 with the older Compiz from just a few weeks back. This was a selective upgrade with the other updated Ubuntu packages being held back. The lone Intel Ivy Bridge system was used for this initial Unity 6.6 testing for lack of time due to just returning from Oktoberfest and then benchmarking next week in Texas. Upon my next return, there will be more Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity benchmarks carried out on other hardware/drivers plus the alternative desktop environments.

If you missed the earlier Phoronix articles on the Unity OpenGL performance problems for Ubuntu 12.10, see: Ubuntu's Unity/Compiz Gets Even Slower, Ubuntu's Unity Has Room To Improve Performance, Ubuntu Unity Proves Very Slow To KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, and 2D Also Bad For Ubuntu Unity Against KDE, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce. The Unity Debacle Sets Back Ubuntu On The ARM Desktop. Problems with Unity/Compiz have been acknowledged but it may take past the Ubuntu 12.10 release to fully solve.

Unfortunately, these updated Unity/Compiz numbers today showing the performance only being the same in some Linux gaming benchmarks while other games continue to get slower.

Latest Linux News
  1. HiSense Chromebook Benchmarks When Running Ubuntu Linux
  2. Mandriva Linux Was Allegedly Brought Down By Employee Lawsuits
  3. GNOME 3.17.2 Is Released As The Latest Look Towards GNOME 3.18
  4. Phoronix Turns 11 Years Old Next Week: How Should We Celebrate?
  5. Ubuntu Community Council Reaffirms Its Decision Against Kubuntu's Leader
  6. Future Plans For Changing Fedora's Installer
  7. Confusion Mounts Over Wayland's Actual License
  8. GNOME's Mutter Now Supports Drag-n-Drop To/From Wayland & X11
  9. Wine 1.7.44 Works On More 64-bit ARM Support
  10. Phoronix Test Suite 5.8 Milestone 5 Brings Near Final "Belev" Experience
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Btrfs RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Five-Disk Benchmarks On Linux 4.1
  2. Opening The Gates To Our Daily Open-Source Linux Benchmark Results
  3. The Latest Features For Linux Performance Management + Benchmark Monitoring
  4. Noctua NH-U12DX i4 + NF-F12
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Is Moving Closer With Kernel Mode-Setting
  2. Features Added To Mesa 10.6 For Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. Ubuntu's LXD vs. KVM For The Linux Cloud
  4. Friction Building Around An Ubuntu Community Council Decision
  5. The Latest Linux Kernel Git Code Fixes The EXT4 RAID0 Corruption Problem
  6. The CompuLab Fitlet Is A Neat Little Linux PC With AMD SoC
  7. Linux 4.1-rc5 Kernel Released
  8. Russia's Baikal Chips End Up Going For A MIPS CPU