Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/i5/i7 - NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux Gaming Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 8 February 2017. Page 4 of 4. 42 Comments

The different CPUs made a fairly even impact on the performance with the five tested graphics cards.

Unigine Heaven is easily the most demanding OpenGL test-case used for this article. Here only with the GeForce GTX 1080 did the CPU make much of an impact.

Lastly for this five CPU vs. five GPU comparison were some Xonotic results for those interested.

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