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Linux Games: Windows vs. Linux 3D Performance in Q3A

May 23, 2000, 21:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Matthews, Todd Coffey)

[ Thanks to Matt Matthews for this link. ]

"As Linux moves closer to the mainstream, more and more users will attempt to make performance comparisons with Microsoft's Windows. These kinds of comparisons are important and the Linux community need to be prepared for the inevitable questions: Which platform is better?"

"How well does Linux stack up when testing performance with Quake III Arena? The answer, unsurprisingly, depends on your choice of video card. We can say the following:

  • If you own a Matrox G400Max and are running Linux you can expect to see between 88% and 95% of the performance you'd get running Windows.
  • If you own an NVIDIA GeForce 256 DDR 64Mb and are running Linux you can expect to see between 87% and 99% of the performance you'd get running Windows.
  • If you own a 3dfx Voodoo3-3000 and are running Linux you can expect to see between 71% and 79% of the performance you'd get running Windows."
"But there are two important points about Linux performance relative to Windows performance that probably should be emphasized. First, the G400Max in Linux offers performance very close to the performance of the TurboGL in Windows. That means that the OpenGL driver that Matrox uses specifically for games in Windows is only slightly ahead of the more full-featured driver that Linux has to offer for games and applications. So an open source solution on an alternative operating system is competitive with a closed solution on a mainstream operating sytsem. A second important point is that both open and closed solutions can work on Linux and give excellent performance relative to Windows. The NVIDIA and Utah-GLX Matrox drivers are evidence of this."

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