The Fastest Linux OS For AMD Ryzen Zen 3? It's Still Intel Clear Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 22 December 2020. Page 2 of 6. 22 Comments
Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions

For some workloads the performance is quite close between the six Linux distributions under test...

Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions
Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions
Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions

But for a number of them, Clear Linux shoots ahead. Manjaro also tended to have a fairly strong showing as well compared to the other four.

Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions

For some of the workloads, running Intel's Clear Linux can really pay off due to its optimized defaults from kernel tuning to compiler flags.

Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions

But for many of the workloads there is small but measurable uplift compared to the other modern Linux distributions running on the Ryzen 9 5900X.

Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions
Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions
Ryzen 9 5900X Clear Linux vs. Other Distributions

Clear Linux's extra tuning beyond just the "-O3" default implied by many of the upstream programs/benchmarks under test can really pay off.


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