Fedora vs. Ubuntu vs. openSUSE vs. Clear Linux For Intel Steam Gaming Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 18 January 2017. Page 2 of 3. 31 Comments

Due to using the Intel HD Graphics, the range of notable Steam Linux games that can play sufficiently well is rather limited. For this comparison I had used BioShock Infinite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 (with OpenGL and Vulkan), and Team Fortress 2 as the main test candidates with the HD Graphics 630 across Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, and Clear Linux.

First up with BioShock Infinite at 1080p and low quality settings, Clear Linux was the only distribution to get above 30 FPS. Strangely the stock Ubuntu 16.10 installation did better than the Padoka PPA + Mainline Kernel PPA while the Fedora 25 stock performance was the same as Ubuntu 16.10. OpenSUSE Tumbleweed was running into library issues launching BioShock Infinite.

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive the performance was virtually the same across the five tested Linux distribution combinations.

Moving onto Dota 2, when starting out at the very low resolution of 800 x 600, the Vulkan and OpenGL performance was the fastest under Clear Linux followed by openSUSE Tumbleweed.


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