Linux Now Faster Than Windows 11 For Intel Core i9 12900K "Alder Lake" With Latest Kernel

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 10 February 2022 at 02:40 PM EST.
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake

The most pronounced difference in this benchmarking was in the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browser benchmarks... As shown since the Alder Lake benchmark on Linux 5.15 and prior, often times the browser will be tasked to an E core rather than the P cores and that leads to subpar performance. With Ubuntu 22.04 daily and its current Linux 5.15 kernel, that was the case while now on Linux 5.16_ the browsers are on the P cores and delivering much better performance to compete with Windows 11.

Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake
Windows 11 vs. Linux - Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake

The web browser performance for Alder Lake CPUs is in much better shape with Linux 5.16+ thanks to the Intel hybrid handling improvements/fixes. Intel's Clear Linux tended to deliver better performance still over Ubuntu even when using the same browser builds.


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