Saturday 24 August 2019

Windows 10 overcomes SteamOS in benchmark tests


Emma Clark

Windows 10 holds the upper hand over SteamOS when it comes to gaming benchmark tests. The Windows 10 system fared better in practical tests than SteamOS.

SteamOS is hoping to make a push for the living room, but gaming benchmark tests indicate that this will be a tougher battle than originally anticipated.

Windows 10 appears to hold the upper hand at the moment. Ars Technica tested two machines, one running SteamOS and one running Windows 10 Pro, only to find that the SteamOS machine was more sluggish.

The system ran an Intel Pentium G3220 (dual-core) running at 3GHz backed up by 8GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 660 graphics card (with 2GB of video RAM).

Windows 10 came out slightly ahead in Geekbench 3 tests, though there wasn’t much to separate the two in single-core or multi-core tests. The more practical tests were more worrying though.

Ars Technica tested the systems by loading up graphically intensive games like Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Metro: Last Light Redux.

Running Shadow of Mordor at 1792 x 1120 resolution on high details, the test rig managed just over 50 fps on Windows 10, compared to 39 fps with SteamOS. The latter became an unplayable mess when details were cranked up to Ultra. SteamOS managed just 14fps, while Windows 10 was playable at 34fps.

The main reason behind this is video driver optimisation for Linux, though the optimisation of the games themselves may also be an issue. Those planning to invest in a Steam Machine will be hoping that there is better news in the near future.

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