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HDD & SSD File-System Benchmarks On Linux 3.9 Kernel

Michael Larabel

Published on 20 March 2013
Written by Michael Larabel
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While the compile test heavily favored Btrfs, the initial create test in Compile Bench heavily favored EXT4 on both drives.

F2FS was the fastest file-system for PostMark on the consumer SSD followed by XFS. On the HDD, XFS was the fastest file-system. For both drives, Btrfs was the slowest.

These results aren't too different from Phoronix tests carried out on earlier versions of the Linux kernel, but simply reiterate that depending upon the particular disk workload, the fastest Linux file-system may differ. This is also only looking at results for a single disk with the stock/default mount options. Overall, F2FS was the fastest for the solid-state drive but not many production users may be ready to yet put their faith into this brand new Linux file-system. Meanwhile, EXT4 and XFS are proven and tested and generally running quite well. Btrfs didn't win as many tests as it once did, but it does continue to offer a plethora of advanced file-system features.

About The Author
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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