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

In a number of the OpenGL test cases/games used, the performance between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 was similar. However, there were also a number of exceptions: the results differed usually where the Windows 8.1 performance was faster than Linux. The results tended to differ for the more demanding OpenGL situations, like with the GL3-based GpuTest workloads and in Xonotic, easily one of the most demanding open-source cross-platform games. The only really sore points for Windows in this testing was the problematic Catalyst driver when running the Radeon R9 270X where the system became unstable and also the GeForce GTX 680 Kepler graphics card had a great performance showing under Linux.

Next up in our constant testing expedition will be including the open-source Linux graphics driver results as well as Windows vs. Linux Intel Haswell graphics benchmarking using the very latest code. OS X Mavericks benchmarks are also forthcoming at Phoronix.

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