The Effect Of Desktop Effects On Graphics Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 29 February 2012 at 11:15 AM EST. 18 Comments
Earlier this month I published an article with benchmarks of the Gaming/Graphics Performance On Unity, GNOME, KDE, Xfce. Now, however, there's a much larger comparison, including results from OpenBox, Lubuntu, GNOME classic, and other desktop alternatives.

An independent Phoronix Test Suite user has been uploading large amounts of test results to OpenBenchmarking.org of different desktop / graphics driver options and their impact on graphics tests. Here's the latest results including runs from GNOME classic, GNOME 3, GNOME + Openbox, Lubuntu, Openbox, Unity, Unity 2D, KDE Plasma, Xfce, and other software configurations. The tests from this user not affiliated with Phoronix.com was running from a NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M graphics card. The user also tested Ubuntu 11.10 and the current Ubuntu 12.04 state.

Thanks to the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org, anyone is able to easily reproduce these comparisons. The tests being carried out by this user are mostly with the gluxMark test profile.


See the results in full on OpenBenchmarking.org plus the many other "Desktop effect on OpenGL performance" benchmarks you can find from this user via OpenBenchmarking.org.

For comparison, there's my results from earlier this month and similar tests from last May.
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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 Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

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