Doom3 was a turning point for a lot of us as it marked an important milestone in next generation game engines. We have been keeping a very close eye on id's Linux adventure, and at the core of id's Linux development is Timothee Besset, the Linux port maintainer.

"I'm getting surprisingly good performance compared to the Windows version."

Timothee Besset, [1]

This sounds like the premise of a wonderful opportunity to put Doom3 through its paces. We crafted this entire analysis around Timothee's expectations.

Our goals for this analysis are twofold. We want to take the newest working video cards that we can find and test their performance on Linux using Doom3. This is slightly a continuation of last week's GPU roundup as the Doom3 engine will ultimately become the next cornerstone for Linux first-person shooter games. This includes exhaustive image quality (IQ) testing. Secondly, we wish to run comparative analysis on how Doom3 performs and looks on Linux versus Windows.

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  • mave - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    I guess the biggest reason why Linux performance lags behind Windows could be NVidia Linux drivers aren't optimized for doom3 yet. Their version number is 6111, windows drivers 61.77 (used for testing).

    Also Doom 3 binary will propably get performance boost later.

    (Just a guess, just have to wait and see)

    Being Linux gamer always means that you have to have patience:=)
  • jepapac - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    From reading your article, I'm guessing that you ran Doom 3 from within KDE on SUSE. Can you run some Doom 3 benchmarks from a super-lightweight window manager like blackbox or better yet just the failsafe xterm. I'd be interested in how much running a bloated desktop environment like KDE or Gnome slows down the gaming performance. Reply
  • tyski34 - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    Putting the Linux and Windows FPS numbers on the first couple of pages on the same chart would have been very helpful (even more helpful if they were color-coded or something). As it is, it was pretty tough to compare the two. Reply
  • Zebo - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    People still playing this disappointment? Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link


    Like those?

  • ViRGE - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - link

    Since you're comparing Linux and Windows from time to time, wouldn't it be prudent to at least post a couple of Windows numbers, just so we know what the actual difference is? Reply

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