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Gaming Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux

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At the beginning of this month we published workstation benchmarks comparing Windows 7 to Ubuntu Linux. In those tests, which were a continuation of tests from earlier this year when looking to see whether Windows 7 is faster than Ubuntu 10.04 and how fast is Windows compared to Mac OS X and Linux, the two operating systems performed quite closely in our workstation tests with only a few exceptions. Today, however, we are back to looking at the Linux vs. Windows performance of the Lenovo ThinkPad W510 and this time we are looking at the OpenGL gaming performance between Windows 7 Professional and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W510 notebook was tested with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS x86_64. On the Windows side there was the NVIDIA 258.96 WHQL driver while on the Linux side the testing was done with the latest 256.35 release. The stock Ubuntu Lucid packages besides NVIDIA's proprietary driver remained with their default versions and configuration. The OpenGL gaming-oriented benchmarks we ran for this article via the Phoronix Test Suite on Linux and Windows were Nexuiz, OpenArena, Warsow, Lightsmark, Unigine Sanctuary, Unigine Tropics, and Unigine Heaven.

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