Linux + KDE Delivers Better NVIDIA Performance than Windows

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Displays' started by Rob Williams, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Editor-in-Chief Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 12, 2005
    Atlantic Canada
    Back in August, Valve made a blog post showing off Left 4 Dead performance between Windows and Linux, and surprisingly, Linux came out ahead. Following-up with more elaborate testing is Phoronix, which has found that across the board, Linux's NVIDIA driver delivers better performance than Windows', using the same benchmarks. But there's something else that was discovered: Unity is slower than KDE, and as such, KDE will offer the best NVIDIA experience.


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  2. Tharic-Nar

    Tharic-Nar Senior Editor Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 25, 2009
    Some odd numbers there for sure... Unity is slower than Windows by quite a margin on a 460, but slightly faster with a 680. I guess the drivers make use of the improved architecture and tune accordingly. Bit of a shame if I'm honest, it probably means that older generation cards are likely to be in a much worse position for rendering under Unity than they should be.

    Could it be the Fermi mode switching the older cards did when working with 3D and Compute?
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012

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