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

Like with the video encoding results, for image encoding tests they too benefited from Linux 5.16+ when running on Alder Lake. Clear Linux also continued squeezing extra performance out of the system.

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

With this fresh round of Windows 11 vs. Linux benchmarking with 104 tests in total, Windows 11 now led just 13% of the time...

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

While in last place most often was Ubuntu 22.04 daily in its out-of-the-box state currently with Linux 5.15...

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

here is the geometric mean of all those 104 benchmark results. Like shown back in November, Linux comes behind Windows 11 on Linux 5.15 and older distributions... See the earlier article with tests across Windows 11, Clear, Ubuntu, and Fedora Workstation. Fortunately, as shown in recent articles, the Alder Lake performance on Linux 5.16+ is in much better shape. Ubuntu with Linux 5.16 and Linux 5.17-rc3 was outperforming Windows 11 overall. Clear Linux also now had a distant first place where even back in November it too was behind Windows 11.

Long story short, if running an Intel Alder Lake hybrid processor, the performance is looking far better on Linux 5.16+ and hopefully whatever backported state Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will be in for April and any other distros opting for using Linux 5.15 LTS. See all 104 benchmarks in full for those interested via this result page.

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