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Linux 3.3 Kernel: Btrfs vs. EXT4

Michael Larabel

Published on 2 March 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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Compile Bench with the initial create test was faster on EXT4 too.

With the compile test, Btrfs was inching ahead of the widely adopted EXT4.

With the Linux 3.3 kernel, for many workloads on a single-disk -- whether it is an HDD or SSD -- the EXT4 file-system is faster than the Btrfs file-system. Though if you're after using Btrfs for one of its many technical features/advantages over the evolutionary EXT4, there are ways to tune the Btrfs performance by using transparent file-system compression, space cache, and there's also other upcoming optimizations.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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