Originally Posted by t4ct1c47
Emulating a new operateing environment puts great demand on system resources, performance will always be lower. It may be not significantly lower, but it will always be lower until operating system and emulation architecure changes.
Programs that are windows exclusive will always run better in their native environment, rather than under WINE in Linux, as the developers will have focused on how Windows will handle the application.
I hope you do realize something. I believe the reason why WINE stands for "WINE Is Not an Emulator" is because there are various components that are reverse engineered so that certain processes/functions can be run natively on the host operating system. The benchmarking program I wrote (see sig) works remarkably well via Wine when compared to the Window's native score. In a nut shell, I agree with you, but there are and can be exceptions. In this case, I believe scores should be considerably lower as compared to Windows, especially if 3dMark06 requires the actual dll's to be emulated (as opposed to using reverse engineered dx9 components that just tell OpenGL to run instead.)
Originally Posted by Melcar
It's not the fault of ATI drivers; they work fine for the most part and have very decent performance. Wine is the "problem". Even guys with nvidia cards suffer from lack of performance. If one is going to game with Wine (or even Cedega) he should limit himself to older games (think 2005 and before). Native Linux gaming is where it's at; been saying that for a long time now, but people keep insisting on supporting Windows even when they switch OS.
I disagree. While WINE is a problem, ATI is known to have terrible drivers on all host operating systems (I'll save my ATI rant for later). Nvidia drivers have been becoming noticeably better for Linux within the last two years, but they could still do with some work as always. I remember upgrading from Ubuntu 7.04 to 7.10, and marveling at how much better my graphics card operated. It's a laptop MX-420, mind you.
I hope ATI drivers improve. And with Google supporting Wine, I hope we will see more 3d graphics improvements over the next year or so.