Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista

WINE is an implementation of the Win32 API on Linux, so that you can run programs written for Windows on your GNU/Linux installation. It normally reeks of office applications, spreadsheets and polka-dotted ties. Cedega, then, is a commercial version of WINE optimized for games. It runs a larger library of Windows games than plain WINE can. So far, so good, right? Now, common sense might dictate that the games should run slower in WINE or Cedega, because those things are busy translating the Windows-nonsense the games speak into something that GNU/Linux can understand, and that surely costs performance, no?

Common sense is wrong. These benchmarks say that GNU/Linux with Cedega or WINE runs the tested games 33 – 40% faster than Windows Vista. 40%! That’s not just the fraction of fps that the hardcore crowd lusts for, that’s a significant number.

So the best modern platform to play Windows games on is not Windows but GNU/Linux? Creepy.

2 thoughts on “Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista”

  1. It’s kinda hard to trust these benchmarks considering that they are coming from a Linux enthusiast website. In my own tests running games on ubuntu 6.10 versus windows xp I experienced a MAJOR decrease in performance while playing Doom 3. I don’t blame linux but ATI for the performance degradation due to their craptacular linux drivers. I think we have the same situation here, this benchmark was run on the release candidate and not the final retail copy. The drivers that were available at that point were very poor in the performance department, and while ATI may suck with linux drivers Nvidia has lagged behind in the race for stable vista drivers. I’m not trying to praise vista or even say that it is well designed but only try and be realistic with where the performance problems stem, it’s not the OS at fault it’s the drivers.


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