SteamOS: Desktop vs. Big Picture Mode Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 11 October 2014 at 02:17 PM EDT. 10 Comments
Curious if running Linux games via Steam's Big Picture Mode causes a performance impact over a conventional desktop session? Here's some benchmarks.

An independent Phoronix user uploaded some benchmark results this week to of SteamOS sessions: the Big Picture Mode vs. the desktop session with GNOME Shell. GeForce GTX 780 graphics were used for testing while SteamOS was loaded with the Linux 3.10 kernel and NVIDIA 340.32 driver.

Those curious to see these independent benchmark results can find these test figures via 1410071-PL-STEAMOSSE57. You can run your own Linux graphics benchmarks via the open-source Phoronix Test Suite.
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