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Qt/GTK Speed On Unity/KDE/Xfce/LXDE/GNOME/Razor

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Published on 28 February 2013 04:12 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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Shared earlier today were OpenGL game benchmarks under different Linux desktops. Now to complement those earlier results are 2D performance tests under Unity, KDE, GNOME Shell, Xfce, LXDE, and Razor-qt.

From the same Intel HD 4000 "Ivy Bridge" system after completing the OpenGL tests this morning, some 2D performance tests were carried out. Past testing has revealed the 2D performance also fluctuates a great deal depending upon the desktop environment / window manager.

The desktop configuration, per the same configuration as this morning's Intel OpenGL Linux testing:

- Unity 6.6.0 with Compiz.
- KDE 4.10.00 with KWin while opting for the option of disabling desktop effects on full-screen windows.
- GNOME Shell 3.6.3.1 with Mutter.
- Xfce 4.10 without compositing.
- LXDE 0.5.12.
- The Razor-qt desktop with OpenBox 3.5.0.

The 2D tests today were also done using the Intel SNA back-end given the results earlier this week: SNA Delivers Huge Gains Over UXA For Intel "Gen5" and SNA Sandy Bridge Is Quick To Beat UXA Too.

Just like the other quick end-of-month tests, the results in full plus all of the other system hardware/software information is available on this OpenBenchmarking.org page: 1302281-FO-INTEL2DSN69. Reproducing these same tests on your own software/hardware is as easy as running phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1302281-FO-INTEL2DSN69 thanks to our automated open-source testing framework.

For the Qt4-based testing, running Xfce 4.10 led to the greatest performance. Also holding their ground fairly well against Xfce were Unity with Compiz and LXDE while KDE, LXDE, and Razor-Qt were further back.

The GTK2 results were much more mixed across the different desktops / window managers.

See more at OpenBenchmarking.org.

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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