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

In the case of JPEG-XL image encoding performance, Linux 5.16+ now put out better performance than on Windows while Clear Linux with its extra optimizations was the front-runner.

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

For multi-threaded workloads that do consistently peg all the cores, the newer Linux kernels don't make much of a difference for both the P and E cores being consistently loaded.

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

LuxCoreRender is one of those multi-threaded workloads without much change while depending upon the rendering scene it bounced between Windows and Linux for who delivered the best performance.

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

To no surprise, Blender has consistently delivered better performance on Linux for CPU-based rendering rather than Windows and that has been the case for years with both AMD and Intel CPUs.

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

Linux remains strong for most CPU renderers, even the proprietary ones.


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