NVIDIA's GeForce Driver On Ubuntu 14.04 Runs The Same As Windows 8.1
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 30 March 2014. Page 5 of 5. 11 Comments

These OpenGL performance results with modern NVIDIA GeForce hardware don't come as a surprise at all to us gave that the proprietary Linux driver has been largely at the same level for features and performance as the Windows GeForce driver going back many years. Most of the code is shared between the Windows, Linux, Solaris, and BSD platforms that allows for NVIDIA's proprietary driver to be top-notch across platforms. One of the few missing features from the Linux driver is support for overclocking on modern GPUs. Overall, the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver is in great shape and it's easy to see why so many game developers recommend running NVIDIA graphics on Linux given their performance and reliable support compared to Windows.

When it comes to the open-source driver support, however, AMD has its advantages as does Intel if you are not a heavy gamer in need of the most graphics potential. Be sure to checkout the Intel Haswell comparison and AMD Radeon Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.04 comparison from the past few days for additional perspective on the OpenGL support between Windows and Linux.

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