Dual 3Ghz Quad Core Xeons CPU's
32Gb DRAM Memory
2Tb 7,200 RPM SATA Drive
Nvidia GT520 2Gb Graphics card
Dell 32 Inch 2560 x 1600 Monitor
Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
I have Windows 7 Pro 64 bit and Linux Mint KDE 16 64 bit installed with a dual boot option. I have the Steam client installed on Windows and Linux.
There's a sale going on at Valve via their Steam gaming client. I downloaded a few games, but the one in particular I'm playing with is XCOM Enemy Unknown. This game comes in both a Windows and Linux version. I bought it once and it installed on both OS platforms. I struggled trying to get the Windows version working properly. I have all the latest driver updates for Windows. Windows guessed wrong on my hardware. I manually tried to modify the configuration in every way I could think of for 2 hours. When installing it also had to download some other files which included DirectX all over again. It assumed that I was running a gamepad. I am not. The game skipped miserably and often halted for a period. After editing the settings multiple times, there was little improvement. I tried to run it initially at a resolution far lower than what my monitor and card are capable of. No joy ever. It runs terribly.
After rebooting into Linux Mint I fired up Steam. It installed XCOM smoothly without requiring any extra files to be installed. Once Steam told me the game was ready to play, I just clicked it. It ran perfectly the first time with no modifications required.
This is just astounding. I'm so impressed. Linux has become a BETTER gaming platform than Windows. Wow.