KDE/GNOME Wayland vs. X.Org Radeon Linux Gaming Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 28 December 2021 at 09:10 AM EST. Page 4 of 4. 67 Comments.

Strange Brigade running under Steam Play but with native Vulkan API support continued enjoying good performance on the Wayland-powered desktops while for this game finally Xfce was showing off some advantages.

Total War: Three Kingdoms was another buggy game under the KDE Plasma Wayland session on Ubuntu 21.10.

Across all the games tested both native and titles via Steam Play (Proton + DXVK), the GNOME Wayland session most often was showing the best performance and across the wide range of tests carried out came to about 4% better performance than the GNOME X.Org session. The KDE Plasma Wayland session tended to perform slightly in front of its X.Org session as well for these Linux gaming tests but there were a few games still running into problems with the KDE Wayland session.

Next up is a look at the NVIDIA Wayland vs. X.Org gaming performance.

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