With the SteamOS using Steam Machines going live only recently, the comparisons between Valve Corporation’s specialized operating system and the more popularly used Windows 10 have become even more relevant.
It might come as a surprise to you but according to a recent benchmark held by ArsTechnica has revealed that Valve’s OS has not been able to outperform Windows 10 even by the slightest of margins. In fact, the performance recorded by Linux has recorded to be lower in every aspect.
We have shared graphical representations of all the tests performed in the gallery below so that you can figure out for yourself. In the gallery you will be able to check out the performance at single-core benchmarks and multi-core benchmarks both.
There also are source engine game benchmarks using multiple games including Portal, Dota 2, Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Metro Last Light Redux (on minimum and maximum settings) and finally Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor (on lowest, low, medium, high, very high and ultra settings).
Here are the specifications of the test rig used:
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) and SteamOS 2.0 4.1.0-0 (on separate drives)
- CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 (Haswell), dual-core, 3.0GHz
- GPU: Zotac Geforce GTX660 (2GB) w/ GeForce Game Ready Driver v. 358.91
- RAM: 8GB DDR3-1600
- MOTHERBOARD: MSI H81I (mini-ITX)
- STORAGE: Western Digital WD Blue 7200 rpm 500GB HD x 2
- SOUND: Onboard
- NETWORK: Onboard (wired gigabit Ethernet)
- PSU: Antec VP-450, 450W
- CASE: BitFenix Prodigy, arctic white
Interestingly, on every given test and every game played, the Linux based SteamOS felt short of what Windows 10 was able to achieve. Check it out yourself.