SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1 NVIDIA Performance

Michael Larabel: For those NVIDIA gaming customers running Microsoft Windows 8.1 that have been thinking about giving Valve's SteamOS Linux-based gaming platform a try, here are some early benchmarks of the SteamOS 1.0 beta that compare the performance to Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on multiple NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

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Agent_hitman2775d ago

The Steam OS is in beta, why are they making a comparison?.

Dehnus2775d ago

Because people in another thread asked for it. And demanded for it even. They said they where not interested in SteamOS vs SteamOS comparisons. And now that they do it for you you don't want it anymore?

Fishy Fingers2775d ago (Edited 2775d ago )

Perhaps so people could evaluate whether it's worth installing the beta now? Obvious no?

TheGreatXavi2775d ago

Because most of PC gamers are Microsoft fanboys who hate on Linux that hope Linux gaming cant take on windows forever. Its funny seeing they afraid of Linux take on PC gaming now

Back-to-Back2775d ago

Linux is awesome but for your average users its not as easy.

kevnb2775d ago (Edited 2775d ago )

Too many synthetics, not enough real world tests.

Mister_Dawg2775d ago

PC gamers don't just use steam to play games. I have origin too plus I still buy the odd physical copy (getting harder to find I must admit).

Besides, if I wanted a pc to be a game machine only, I wouldn't bother with a pc, I'd just get a console. Instead I make use of all the other features that windows has to offer. I know dual booting is an option, but this isn't what most people will consider when wanting to play games. I for one don't see steam OS becoming a significant player.

Also how will direct X work on linux? Does it? I don't know if its possible and if it is, they'll have to pay MS royalties no doubt.

JasonKCK2775d ago

Some PC gamers use their PC just for games and use a laptop/phone/tablet for everything else. It cuts down on running processes and programs in the background. I know many PC gamers who only use the net to download updates and mods and nothing else. As for console, there are many programs running in the background cutting down on system resources that could have been used for games. Most PC gamers tend to keep their PC clean for maximum performance. I have a Toshiba laptop and an iPad for everything, and use my PC just for gaming.

Bebedora2775d ago (Edited 2775d ago )

@Mister_Dawg: This is how you will want to consider where gfx goes between the two:

Native games: Linux/OpenGL vs MS/DirectX.
Wine SteamOS games: Wine/DirectX calls via OpenGL vs MS/DirectX

OpenGL works mostly as good as DirectX on lower resolutions, but if you want to up the resolution, the nVidia OpenGL drivers for Linux will probably make a hit in performance.

For a guy like me, I wouldn't be bothered with it. It's the hardcore gamers, the overclockers that do. Counting pixels rendered per frame etc. :)

I guess Valve could push nVidia development though.

Here is one Win8.1 vs Ubuntu:

Mister_Dawg2775d ago

Cheers dude. Very informative.

Prime1572775d ago

That's where pc has been stagnating... "oh, Windows does it all... Just not the best for my needs, so I won't try something new."

Mister_Dawg2774d ago

I don't remember saying I wouldn't try something new.
But going by the benchmarks, steam os has nothing over windows performance wise. So whats the point?

Oh_Yeah2775d ago

There's not going to be much of a difference between the two. Windows isnt the resource hog it once was, with most gamers running 8+ gigs of ram in their pc's the footprint windows leaves doesn't even dent the performance. Steam os still has it's upsides though.

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