Intel OpenGL Performance On macOS 10.12 vs. Clear Linux, Ubuntu
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 7 June 2017. Page 3 of 3. 18 Comments

Xonotic was much slower on macOS 10.12 Sierra compared to Ubuntu and Clear Linux.

MacOS 10.12 was also terribly slow on the Haswell-era Mac Mini for Portal while the Linux experience was actually playable.

With Team Fortress 2 it's a similar story of very low macOS performance while Ubuntu with its bleeding-edge open-source OpenGL driver is doing much better.

Those are the short results I have available today due to the limited capabilities of this older Mac Mini and thus the limited game selection. I'll work on some other tests though if of interest to Phoronix Premium supporters and if I manage to wrangle up some extra Apple hardware for use during testing.

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