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Are Your Desktop Effects Slowing You Down?

Sep 23, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Whenever I perform a 3D benchmark in Linux one of the first questions I get asked about the results is:

"Where your desktop effects turned off?

"For those who are not aware, desktop effects are the "flash" that is enabled by default in many popular Linux distros (namely Ubuntu and it's derivatives) such as the wobbly windows, desktop cube, and sleek sliding effects. Something that has always been questioned is whether or not desktop effects slow down your 3D performance in other applications and if so, how much do they slow it down by?

"The Test:

"I am going to use Unigine Benchmarks on Pinguy OS (for Gnome) and Chakra (for KDE) with and without desktop effects enabled. Both systems are clean, fully up to date installs with the nVidia 260 beta driver installed. Gnome will be using Compiz for it's desktop effects and KDE will be using Kwin."

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