1080p/1440p Linux Gaming Performance For Radeon RX 590/Vega & NVIDIA 1060/1070/1080/2060/2070
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 11 January 2019. Page 8 of 8. 39 Comments

At 1080p, X-Plane 11 was faster on the RadeonSI driver while at 1440p the performance was now similar between the NVIDIA and Radeon Linux drivers.

The RadeonSI performance with Metro Last Light Redux at 1440p was less competitive with the RX 590 coming in just short of the GTX 1060 while the GTX 1070 beat out the RX Vega 64 by 10%.

OpenArena was run for fun at 1440p and here the RadeonSI performance surprisingly was well short of where the NVIDIA cards were performing.

Serious Sam 3: BFE could run at 1440p with high quality settings on Vulkan at about 60 FPS for both the RTX 2060 and RX Vega 64. The RX Vega 64 came out just ahead of the RTX 2060 while the RX 590 was coming in noticeably lower than the GTX 1060 as a surprise twist.

Lastly is a look at the harmonic mean of all the frame-rates for the different Linux games tested at 2560 x 1440. The Radeon RX 590 was faster than the GTX 1060 by 7% at this resolution compared to similar games/settings at 1080p where the RX 590 was closer to 30% faster, granted some slightly different games/settings in a few cases. The RX Vega 56 meanwhile was nearly the same as the GTX 1070. The GeForce RTX 2060 meanwhile was just 2% faster than the RX Vega 64 with these Linux gaming benchmarks, compared to being about 9% faster at 1080p.

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See the GeForce RTX 2060 Linux review from earlier in the week for additional gaming and GPU compute tests of this new $349 graphics card.


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