Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks
Phoronix: Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks
Last week we delivered the first of our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks to much anticipation, but now we have the results for Apple's Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system to tack in too. In the first part of that Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance examination, we looked closely at the OpenGL gaming performance across six different systems and a whole slew of tests. More articles are on the way looking at the performance and later in the week we already delivered some initial disk benchmarks. However, now it is time to see how Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 compete with one another.
The results from openarena look a bit strange. Maybe the compiler flags for Linux release needs to be tuned a bit compared to the win build or nvidia drivers really have got enabled optimization for the ioquake engine depending on the exe name, which would be easy to test, just rename it to something else
Overall results are hardly surprising. Microsoft carefully listens to (usual, not open source) gamedevs and puts enough pressure on hardware vendors (directly or indirectly, via its APIs) to streamline their drivers. It also does rigorous testing to ensure that the requirements are met. No surprise that Windows drivers are the ones with the highest quality.
I am not sure whether the similar organization can be created for an open source OS. It would take a company like Red Hat, but dedicated to games. Community lacks organization for the massive QA needed to produce quality drivers itself and clout to make vendors provide binary drivers of better quality.
Looking at the speed at which open source drivers are produced, I don't expect to see a stable open source driver of DX11 functionality (complete with DirectCompute, that is, GPGPU (OpenCL) support) for the next two years (and proprietary devs will move on to something new by that date).
the ironic part of this test is windows7 is faster in apple macos hardware than macos!
for linux yes this is the best hardware for linux. thats all.
just not linux hardware!
other phoronix tests show us AMD/ATI hardware is the REAL linux hardware!
thats because ubuntu beat windows on AMD hardware!
ok michael please test a macpro+AMD/ATI VGA hardware!
Using a system especially designed for Mac OSX:
Nvidia: Windows > Ubuntu > .... Mac OSX
Intel: Windows > Mac OSX > Ubuntu
AMD: Waiting for results...
I would love to see AMD/ATI results also. I have a feeling that fglrx is better optimized for 3d in linux than nvidia is.
This. My experience of fglrx at least in pure performance terms has been pretty much identical on Linux/Windows.
Originally Posted by Hans
I wonder how Gentoo would have been in such a test.
Yeah, and it is a known thing that vendors with proprietary drivers optimize more or first the Windows side and later care for any Unix-like stuff.
And what would resource hog Vista have looked like? I mean, I had to deal with a few Vista boxes and just plain handling the GUI with that new explorer and stuff was pretty lame.
OSX - Windows = 0 - 5 in OSX's ground...
WOW! Just WOW!
The results are hardly surprising:
- Nvidia provides the whole OpenGL stack on Windows, which is very well optimized. On Mac OS X, half of the stack is provided by Apple and it is safe to say that this causes the performance deficit.
- Intel provides the whole OpenGL stack on Windows, which is pretty awful (especially on older parts like the GMA950). It is safe to say that Apple's stack outperforms Intel's stack here.
- Intel's OSS stack is less optimized than the Intel/Windows and Apple/Mac OS X stacks. (Nvidia's OSS stack is even less optimized).
AMD/ATI results would be an interesting addition to the mix.