Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Need suggestion about Ubuntu gaming
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Need suggestion about Ubuntu gaming

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
I am tired of windows 7 sluggish UI and the same themes tbh. I have tonnes of programs on this one, anti virus etc and i was thinking of installing Ubuntu as an OS besides windows 7 so i can dual boot them. I was considering the following things however i would like some honest suggestions and tips regarding this:

- Battery life (i'm on i7 3610qm)
- Smoothness compared to windows 7
- Gaming performance compared to windows 7
- Eye candy compared to windows 7 (themes etc)

Also which version of ubuntu would perform better. 12.04 or 13.04?
post #2 of 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by shad0wboss View Post

I am tired of windows 7 sluggish UI and the same themes tbh. I have tonnes of programs on this one, anti virus etc and i was thinking of installing Ubuntu as an OS besides windows 7 so i can dual boot them. I was considering the following things however i would like some honest suggestions and tips regarding this:

- Battery life (i'm on i7 3610qm)
- Smoothness compared to windows 7
- Gaming performance compared to windows 7
- Eye candy compared to windows 7 (themes etc)

Also which version of ubuntu would perform better. 12.04 or 13.04?

1) Battery life is kind of up to you. Like many things in Linux it all depends on how much tweaking you do that determines the results. That said, in my experience with the buntus (I run Kubuntu and Bodhi) they'll report less battery life than Windows would and I usually had about an hour difference between the default settings. With Windows though I was able to tweak it to a 25% max CPU utilization setting and that seemed to give Windows a larger battery life. In Linux I've been unable to match that. Still, since it's often faster to do things in Linux I usually don't have a problem with a slightly shorter battery life.

2) This is too subjective to really ask about. To me Windows 7 is more "polished" but slower while just about every DE in Linux is faster but can at times be slower. Not sure how to explain it.

3)Gaming is all over the place. Some games run faster and some run slower. If you have an ATI/AMD card be ready for a bit more frustration. If you have an Nvidia card GTX600 series or newer it seems the latest drivers really favor them compared to older cards as it's the first time I've seen benchmarks list them consistently ahead of Windows. For me with my old GTX275 games run fine...but not as good as in Windows.

4) This is one area Windows pretty much get's crushed. KDE, E17, even Gnome and Unity just look better and with some customization you can make them far more productive than Windows's Aero ever could hope to be. With most you can replicate a feature similar to OSX's "expose'" feature which shows all active windows on screen and in KDE you can type the name (usually just three letters), hit enter, and have switched to the window you wanted. For (useless in my opinion) eye candy you can even enable desktop Cube, Sphere, Cylinder, and so on for when you switch from one virtual desktop to another.

5) 13.04 is what I would recommend at this point. But you should be aware that it will lose support when 14.04 or 14.10 comes out in about a year (IIRC). My honest recommendation is always grab the latest release and always fresh install a latest release whenever you can. That only goes if you want the most up to date versions of programs. You can stick to an LTS but I don't recommend trying to add programs that are "newer"...just didn't work out when I tried it.
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
  hide details  
Reply
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Linux, Unix
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Need suggestion about Ubuntu gaming