Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Mostly On Par With Windows 8.1
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 October 2013. Page 2 of 7. 49 Comments

The most basic OpenGL game we ran on both Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu Linux with the respective AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA graphics drivers was OpenArena 0.8.8. For both 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1600 resolutions tested with the 30-inch Samsung SyncMaster LCD display, the results were very close. In a few situations, Windows 8.1 was edging out slightly higher, but for the most part the performance was the same across the range of AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards that were benchmarked. The one GPU that did jump out though was the GeForce GTX 680 graphics card being much faster on Ubuntu than Windows 8.1 for both of the OpenArena test runs.

You may have noticed the Windows 8.1 results are missing for the AMD Radeon R9 270X... When tested with the Catalyst 13.11 Beta, the OpenGL support for this "Curacao XT" graphics card was completely unstable. The Catalyst 13.11 Beta on Linux worked fine for the R9 270X, but under Windows the game would lock-up and have issues.


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