NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M Gaming: Windows 7 Ultimate vs. Ubuntu 10.10
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 26 October 2010. Page 3 of 3. 37 Comments

While we have yet to see any major games released using the Unigine Engine, this quarter we should see the release of their OilRush game to finally take advantage of their advanced OpenGL 2/3/4 renderer. The good news is that the performance of the Unigine tech demos are virtually the same at all resolutions tested between Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux. Granted, their engine's Linux support is top-notch with their company being quite friendly towards Linux.

Today's Microsoft Windows vs. Ubuntu Linux tests did not produce results with the new Fermi-based GeForce GT 425M GPU and the new Ubuntu 10.10 release that are too different from our earlier findings. However, we were not expecting any major upsets with much of NVIDIA's proprietary driver code-base being shared between supported platforms (Windows / Linux / BSD / Solaris). Overall, with the less GPU demanding games, Windows 7 tends to take the lead over Ubuntu 10.10 when running at higher resolutions, but Ubuntu 10.10 did secure some significant leads at lower resolutions. In the toughest multi-platform environments presented by Unigine, the performance was the same across operating systems.

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