Do desktop environments affect the performance of games?

Hello Peeps,

I was wondering if the way desktop environments work affect gaming performance.

Or is it the way different distributions package the system?

There was a time in the past when I worried about this. I’d run XFCE or some other light DE/WM when I wanted to eke out just a little bit more performance in Quake 3 or something. These days my modern hardware doesn’t suffer in any noticeable way as far as I can tell.

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