Intel Performance With Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 8.1 Is A Mixed Bag
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 30 October 2013. Page 6 of 6. 11 Comments

With the remainder of the GL3 GpuTest workloads, the Windows Intel performance for the HD Graphics 4600 core on the Core i7 4770K remained superior to the current open-source Intel Linux graphics driver.

As shown by the results today, the Windows vs. Linux OpenGL performance for Haswell is a mixed bag. It depends upon the OpenGL workload for which operating system and driver was faster, but in general in the more demanding OpenGL workloads (e.g. GpuTest, Unigine Engine, and Xonotic Ultra/Ultimate), Windows was faster than the tested Linux configurations.

Coming up next to complement the AMD / NVIDIA 13-way Linux vs. Windows comparison will be the results when adding in the data points for the open-source Radeon and Nouveau graphics drivers on Ubuntu. If you appreciate this continued Linux enthusiast benchmarking, Linux hardware reviews, and other Linux coverage that's not available elsewhere, please do consider joining Phoronix Premium or giving a PayPal tip. These testing processes are often very long and carried out single-handedly by myself.

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