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I'm finally getting rid of Windows for good. Now I'm looking for a good desktop environment for gaming performance.

Which desktop environments are best for gaming? Do some environments have features that make them more suitable for gaming?

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I would suggest KDE. It has the ability to suspend compositing on full screen applications. That increases the performance a lot.

Besides KDE you should choose a DE that doesn't use any compositing (desktop effects) such as XFCE or LXDE. See this benchmark test:

keep in mind that Unity in Ubuntu is getting a lot of attention performance-wise. Ubuntu 12.10 isn't too bad for gaming. That's my personal opinion.

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