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    Default Windows 8 Outperforming Ubuntu Linux With Intel OpenGL Graphics

    Phoronix: Windows 8 Outperforming Ubuntu Linux With Intel OpenGL Graphics

    In our benchmarks of Microsoft Windows 8, we have found that Intel's Windows OpenGL driver is generally superior to that of their open-source Linux graphics driver. Some progress has been made, but in today's testing of an ASUS Ultrabook bearing an Ivy Bridge processor, Linux has a ways to go for some games in matching the Windows binary performance and features.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18582

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    Thank you intel for really putting an effort into your OSS driver development.

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    Well it's a good thing Ubuntu is switching to a much more efficient OpenGL ES 2.0-based interface then. I've always found Unity to be too bloated, even compared to Windows 7 & Aero. So looking forward to the new display server and interface.

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    Windows 8 Outperforming Ubuntu Linux[...]
    On a quick glance this title looks like it is saying windows 8 has better performance than linux. Could you use titles like e.g. "Intel driver for windows 8 outperforming intel driver for linux" instead, that better describe what the article wants to say?

    So, this was done with unity's/compiz' compositing. There shouldn't be a noticeable difference for the open source drivers between running opengl on a composited desktop vs on a non-composited one anymore, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXY View Post
    On a quick glance this title looks like it is saying windows 8 has better performance than linux. Could you use titles like e.g. "Intel driver for windows 8 outperforming intel driver for linux" instead, that better describe what the article wants to say?

    So, this was done with unity's/compiz' compositing. There shouldn't be a noticeable difference for the open source drivers between running opengl on a composited desktop vs on a non-composited one anymore, right?
    Ubuntu is faster in OpenArena while Windows is faster in Nexuiz and Xonotic which are using the same engine... The title is nothing, but a FUD. Benchmark Q3 and instead of Nexuiz and Ubuntu will win, but basing on three tests is dumb.

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    Now you take the values of that benchmark:
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...desktop1&num=1,
    mix them together,
    and see that you will get much more FPS using something like OpenBox.

    And now you have beaten Windows.

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    Alright, so you decided to do these benchmarks using the obviously most relevant and interesting titles for PC gaming right now available, such as Nexuiz, Xonotic, and OpenArena, and by no means uninteresting and irrelevant titles such as Team Fortress 2, Unigine OilRush, Serious Sam 3, Counter Strike: Source and the like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakarott View Post
    Now you take the values of that benchmark:
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...desktop1&num=1,
    mix them together,
    and see that you will get much more FPS using something like OpenBox.

    And now you have beaten Windows.
    And you don't have proper desktop with OpenBox, LXDE is a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXY View Post
    On a quick glance this title looks like it is saying windows 8 has better performance than linux. Could you use titles like e.g. "Intel driver for windows 8 outperforming intel driver for linux" instead, that better describe what the article wants to say?

    So, this was done with unity's/compiz' compositing. There shouldn't be a noticeable difference for the open source drivers between running opengl on a composited desktop vs on a non-composited one anymore, right?
    Nope, the title is correct because it didn't tested drivers, but the entire operating system (not just the kernel) on stock settings, so yes, with compositing enabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Windows 8 Outperforming Ubuntu Linux With Intel OpenGL Graphics

    In our benchmarks of Microsoft Windows 8, we have found that Intel's Windows OpenGL driver is generally superior to that of their open-source Linux graphics driver. Some progress has been made, but in today's testing of an ASUS Ultrabook bearing an Ivy Bridge processor, Linux has a ways to go for some games in matching the Windows binary performance and features.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18582
    Thanks for the article, Michael.
    This isn't surprising. I'd read that there was a massive driver refactorization (at a minimum, though, IIRC, it talked of an actual rewrite but that seems a bit much) for W8. W8 has really improved performance from what little I've read of it. Even browsers are faster on it than they were on W7.
    Regardless, an amazing effort from the Intel team. I'm looking forward to further features being exposed and performance optimizations.
    I'd be curious about how Gnome Shell would perform, and I'd assume that even lighter WMs like Openbox, Awesome, Enlightenment, or Xfwm would be even faster. Perhaps fast enough to bridge the gap?
    Maybe running these benchmarks from a VT would show how much absolute overhead ANY environment adds?

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