NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu 14.10 Can Deliver Better OpenGL Performance Than Windows 8.1

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 31 October 2014 at 12:18 PM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 52 Comments.

Our final tests are the synthetic GpuTest OpenGL benchmarks.

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 NVIDIA GeForce
Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 NVIDIA GeForce
Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 NVIDIA GeForce
Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 NVIDIA GeForce

In these tests the NVIDIA Windows performance was superior to that of Linux. However, that's usually the case when running GpuTest between Windows and Linux. In communicating in the past with GpuTest's author, he says that the code-paths are the same between Windows and Linux, but for whatever reason the Windows driver tends to perform better for GpuTest. Unfortunately I can't shed much light on this situation with GpuTest being a synthetic, binary-only application.

Ignoring the GpuTest results, the NVIDIA Linux driver performance was terrific and in many cases superior to that of NVIDIA's latest Windows WHQL driver. In several of the demanding Unigine OpenGL benchmarks along with Xonotic, the latest NVIDIA Linux driver on Ubuntu 14.10 tended to outperform Windows 8.1.

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