Windows 10 vs. Linux With AMDGPU+RadeonSI, NVIDIA Pascal, Lots Of Games Coming
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 12 February 2017 at 08:27 AM EST. 20 Comments
There's going to be fresh AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce Windows 10 vs. Linux comparisons on Phoronix in the week ahead. Here are the early details and a RFC for our patrons.

First of all, to the Phoronix Premium members, thanks for your continued support and being subscribed to Phoronix to help make all of this testing possible. Through the weekend I've been working on what I think is our largest Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL/Vulkan/D3D benchmark comparisons yet for both NVIDIA and AMD.

For the Radeon article I am testing with a Radeon RX 480 and R9 Fury. With the separate NVIDIA article I am testing with a GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080. Tests done on the Intel Core i7 7700K box. NVIDIA, of course, using the proprietary drivers on both operating systems while with Radeon the Linux tests will be using Linux 4.10 + Mesa 17.1-devel for the latest AMDGPU+RadeonSI. There might also be some fresh HD Graphics 630 i7-7700K data too.

The benchmarks I am running for Windows 10 vs. Linux include:

- Company of Heroes 2
- GRID Autosport
- Metro Last Light Redux
- Shadow of Mordor
- Civilization VI
- Tomb Raider
- Total War: WARHAMMER
- The Talos Principle
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Plus the more usual test suspects of the various games that can be tested fine on the Phoronix Test Suite with Windows like Xonotic, OpenArena, and Unigine Heaven/Valley.

For the more interesting titles sporting OpenGL / Vulkan / Direct3D options, there's some coverage there too.

Running lots of manual tests for this comparison, to make it more interesting although it doesn't meet our day-to-day strict testing standards, so thanks to Phoronix Premium members and those viewing the site without any ad-blockers for making the comparison possible.

It's looking like the NVIDIA tests will be finished on Monday for publishing while the Radeon data will come a day or two after that. Then after that I'll do some magic for some NVIDIA/Radeon results together when looking at the percentage difference between platforms, etc.

If any premium patrons have any last-minute requests for this comparison, let me know ASAP. And if you are not currently a premium member, it's a great time to join and show your support for all of this time-consuming testing and as these Windows vs. Linux articles will likely be 12+ pages each. Besides getting ad-free access to the site, multi-page articles are always presented as a single-page article for premium supporters.
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