NVIDIA Gaming/GPU Performance: Windows 11 vs. Ubuntu Linux Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 2 January 2023 at 11:20 AM EST.
Windows vs. Linux - NVIDIA Benchmarks
Windows vs. Linux - NVIDIA Benchmarks

With the proprietary V-RAY renderer, the RTX performance was faster under Linux while with the CUDA mode the performance was similar.

Windows vs. Linux - NVIDIA Benchmarks

Across all of the GPU compute focused benchmarks carried out, the GeForce RTX 3090 was nearly 5% faster on Linux than Windows. The RTX 3080 results for these GPU compute benchmarks also put the R525 + Ubuntu 22.10 run at just under 5% faster than Windows 11.

Windows vs. Linux - NVIDIA Benchmarks

If pulling up the geometric mean of all the gaming/graphics benchmarks from earlier in the article, the Ubuntu Linux results come slightly behind Windows. Though it's not too surprising considering most of the games tested are running under Valve's Steam Play and thus additional overhead in running the games and often graphics API translation. The NVIDIA Linux gaming/graphics benchmarks overall came out to roughly 91~94% the performance seen natively on Windows 11 with the same hardware.

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