Intel Kabylake: Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 20 January 2017. Page 4 of 4. 20 Comments

Lastly are some synthetic OpenGL results via GpuTest.

Under the Furmark stress test the Windows 10 installation commanded a significant lead while under the basic triangle test was the only OpenGL benchmark in this article where Windows 10 lost. GpuTest's triangle workload tends to be limited just by video memory performance.

With the exception of the triangle synthetic test, in all other benchmarks run from CS:GO and TF2 to Unigine and Xonotic, Windows 10 Pro x64 maintained the lead over the tested Linux distributions. While Windows 10 led overall, in a number of these OpenGL game tests the Windows performance was only marginally ahead of the Linux distributions. Windows' lead in these Kabylake tests were closer than we have seen in some of the past Intel hardware generations where at launch time the Windows leads were much greater than Linux. So overall these results aren't too bad.

Among the Linux distributions, Intel's Clear Linux were leading for these HD Graphics 630 tests from the Core i5 7600K. For more cross-distribution benchmarks, see the OpenGL/Vulkan comparison from earlier this week.

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