Initial Tests: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / GTX 1080 Ti / RTX 2080 Ti
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 26 September 2018. Page 2 of 3. 35 Comments

First up was Dota 2 with its great multi-platform support by Valve. When testing with OpenGL on both operating systems, Ubuntu 18.04 was several frames slower than on Windows with the latest drivers... This might be due to a change in the Windows drivers or some optimization not yet enabled in the NVIDIA Linux driver as normally we find these results to be closer for this particular game.

The Dota 2 Vulkan performance was similar to the OpenGL performance and for the GTX 1060 the performance was about the same under Ubuntu Linux and Windows while the faster GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080 Ti cards saw better performance with the Microsoft operating system.

When running the very basic Portal game by today's standards, the OpenGL performance was faster on Windows 10 by about 10% for the RTX 2080 Ti -- granted, the game was already running at hundreds of frames per second so not entirely relevant for gamers.

The Unigine Heaven tests were done on Windows both with OpenGL and Direct3D 11. As seen here, the Direct3D 11 performance continues running faster than OpenGL at least for this game engine, which isn't too surprising. But at least when it comes to the Linux vs. Windows performance for OpenGL, the performance is in line between operating systems.


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