Ubuntu 10.10: Maverick Meerkat Benchmarked And Reviewed

Benchmark Results: Unigine

We finally nailed down the Unigine benchmark settings in our last review, but as it usually does, stuff happens. We didn't foresee the switch from an Nvidia graphics card in our previous Athlon 64 X2 test system to an AMD card in our new Core i5 rig, causing turmoil.

Even with the new test system being a hands-down gain in the hardware department, graphics performance in Linux has traditionally been more reliable with Nvidia cards than even comparable solutions from AMD. As a result, some of our benchmark settings are actually lower than those found in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed, despite this much more modern test platform.

The preferred resolution of the 64-bit test system's monitor is 1280x1024. Before running any of the graphics benchmarks at 1600x1200, we set the desktop resolution to 1600x1200 via Catalyst Control Center (Administrative) in the System/Preferences menu. Running any of theses benchmarks at a resolution above that of the Ubuntu desktop can result in up to a 30% reduction in frame rates.

Unigine Sanctuary

Ubuntu 10.10 holds a single frame per second lead over 10.04 LTS in Sanctuary at both 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with the highest possible detail settings.

Unigine Tropics

Maverick Meerkat manages a mere fraction of a frame more per second than Lucid Lynx in Tropics at 1280x1024 with full detail settings. At 1600x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing, Ubuntu 10.10 again squeezes past 10.04 LTS, this time by only a tenth of a frame per second.

Unigine Heaven

We could not enable any anti-aliasing at 1280x1024 or higher in Unigine Heaven. We didn't run at lower resolutions, since anything lower isn't very useful. We also had to leave replication and tessellation disabled (the default).

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS comes out half of a frame per second ahead of the newer 10.10 in Unigine Heaven.

Overall, the Unigine benchmarks give the newer release a slight advantage with the notable exception of Heaven, the latest benchmark. However, the difference in scores are all well within 1.1 FPS.

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  • Anonymous
    There are many useful and good-looking features in UNE 10.10. However, there should be ways of accessing those features with the keyboard. For instance, it is not obvious at all how to access the "workspaces" feature with some key combination. That reduces usability for the time being ...
  • Micropat
    It seems the hibernate/wake system is pretty useless if you don't need to keep anything open or running while away from your pc. If you add the shutdown, bios and boot times there's not much difference to adding hibernate and wake.

    I continue to use 10.04 on my laptops and upgraded to 10.10 on my pc. I've noticed that problem with the file transfer bar being full well before the usb can be removed safely on both ubuntus.