Ubuntu's gaming performance is almost equal to Windows 8.1

    For a long time Linux could not compete with Windows on desktops, and one of the reasons for this was the lack of performance in games and the lack of popular games for Linux. Recently, the situation has begun to change dramatically. Thanks to Steam, many of the best games have become available under Linux, and the lag of the Linux drivers of modern graphics cards from Windows is also a thing of the past.

    Extensive testing of 13 different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce video cards and comparing video game performance under Ubuntu Linux and Windows 8.1 shows a very close result in almost all tests, and some GPUs even work faster under Ubuntu!

    List of tested video cards
    (under Linux, proprietary drivers were used)
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
    • AMD Radeon HD 5830
    • AMD Radeon HD 6770
    • AMD Radeon HD 6870
    • AMD Radeon HD 6950
    • AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • AMD Radeon HD 7950
    • AMD Radeon R9 270X

    The test machine is an Intel Core i7 4770K “Haswell” processor on an ECS Z87H3-A2X EXTREME motherboard, 16 GB RAM, a 240 GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD.

    In the OpenGL game OpenArena v0.8.8 at a resolution of 1920 × 1080 video card GTX 680, HD 6870 and HD 7950 show the best result under Ubuntu.

    In Xonotic, with high-quality settings at a resolution of 2560 × 1600, NVIDIA cards under Ubuntu are not inferior to Windows 8.1.

    In some popular tests from the GpuTest v0.5.0 suite, Linux systems are much inferior, but in the TessMark test they look quite equal.

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