macOS 10.13 High Sierra vs. Ubuntu Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 27 September 2017. Page 3 of 5. 57 Comments

Next are a few OpenGL tests on Linux and macOS. Keep in mind this MacBook Air is using an older Core i5 Haswell CPU with HD Graphics 5000, so it can't run many modern cross-platform games. As mentioned, I'm working on getting access to some newer Apple hardware for a more gaming-oriented comparison soon.

Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS was running very slow with Xonotic, but interestingly with Ubuntu 17.10 atop Wayland, Xonotic with low quality settings is running about twice as fast as macOS. Apple has largely given up on improving their OpenGL stack it seems, in favor of their in-house Metal graphics API.

Even with high image quality settings, Xonotic was faster on Ubuntu 17.10 over macOS 10.13.

For some desktop-ish OpenGL tests I also ran the j2dbench test profile that makes use of Java with OpenGL. Java 8 was used on both platforms.

With this Java OpenGL testing, the performance was around the same on both platforms (except for 16.04.3 LTS) though it doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the rendering work is rather light.

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