Monday February 13, 2017

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080

Phoronix has an article up today comparing gaming performance between Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 and 1080 GPU's. It seems like not so long ago we were hearing from Valve, that they anticipated their Source engine based games to, in many cases, perform better under Linux than they do in Windows. The results today, however, show that performance under Linux in modern titles has not lived up to this promise.

This confirms what I have been experiencing myself, and is why I despite being a huge Linux user still maintain a Windows 10 install just for games. The titles I want just aren't always available, and the ones that are, rarely perform as well or look and feel the same in Linux.

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Today the NVIDIA Windows vs. Linux results are complete while in the coming days will be similar results available for Radeon graphics and a shorter comparison with Intel Kabylake graphics. A variety of new and old Linux games were used for testing. Titles tested included Company of Heroes 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, GRID Autosport, Metro Last Light Redux, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Civilization VI, Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER, and The Talos Principle.