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Unigine Heaven: How Does Ubuntu 13.04 Compare To Windows 8?

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Today I present to you another comparison video, this time around running Unigine's Heaven benchmark. The Heaven benchmark is very demanding on even the latest hardware, so I was interested to see how Ubuntu, a Linux distro, would handle the stress in comparison to Windows 8.
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The quality of the video is certainly not the best, but the Nikon AW100 is all I have to use at the moment. If you are not interested in watching the entire video, then you should pause at 4:57 to see the results side-by-side.

This test pushes both operating systems and their respective drivers, by running the benchmark at the following settings:

  • API - OpenGL
  • Quality - ULTRA
  • Tessellation - EXTREME
  • Resolution - 1920x1080

While tessellation is not brand spanking new anymore, it is still rather new to being in actual games. Thus, I figured this test would enlighten us as to how (at least in Unigine's case) tessellation performs on Ubuntu. For good measure and something to compare to, Windows was tested as well.

This test was also done on relatively some of the latest hardware available in the market, with the key components being:

CPU - Intel i7-4770 3.4GHz Haswell
GPU - Nvidia GTX680 GDDR5 2GB

Hopefully this time around I haven't made any glaring mistakes. No screen recorders were involved, and since this is a benchmark application the timing should be the same.

AMD and Intel graphics users may experience dramatically different results. If I can figure out how to enable only the 4600 graphics on this i7 CPU (without physically removing the 680), then hopefully I'll do some comparisons with this iGPU as well in the future.

As always, please help correct me if I made any mistakes and advice is always welcome. Article taken from
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Sabun 3 Oct, 2013
Average FPS: 26.4
Min: 7.0
Max: 68.5

Average FPS: 23.0
Min: 6.8
Max: 52.9
That's actually pretty good! I was honestly expecting the AMD driver to be unable to hold out that well (from prior experience with a HD6850).

QuoteLastly: Sabun, have you tried the Valley benchmark too? Just curious how that turns out.
I haven't tried Valley just yet but since it's like a benchmark dedicated to foliage, which is pretty interesting, I'll give it a go today and see what I get.

EDIT: Just tried it.
Average FPS: 35.4
Min: 21.0
Max: 62.9

Average FPS: 33.5
Min: 21.6
Max: 56.6

There is a big difference in the drivers though. I'm running the Beta 331.40 driver on Windows, where as Ubuntu is only running on the 319.49 driver. There's a difference, but not drastic enough to make me sad. Hopefully the 319.60 drivers will let me see that lost 2 fps made up for.

QuoteTo force Intel integrated graphics, there should be an option in the BIOS.
There is an option in Asus for me to set it to either the dedicated or the integrated. It doesn't function so well though. If I go with the integrated, there will be times it just won't display to screen on boot until after a couple of restarts. I will try it today, as I'm interested to see what I'll get with these Unigine benchmarks and a HD4600 iGPU.

Thank you FutureSuture for the kind words :) The last KDE distro I tried was Kubuntu and OpenSuse, but my honest preference is so far the Unity DE and LXDE as well at times. I'll always be trying out different distros in the future, but for now I'll be sticking with just normal Ubuntu.
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