Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 19.10 vs. Clear Linux Performance On The Dell Ice Lake Laptop

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 10 November 2019. Page 6 of 6. 12 Comments

When running a mix of other real-world workloads, the outcome was quite mixed. Windows 10 tended to hold its ground better against Ubuntu and Clear Linux than we are used to seeing. It's not confirmed yet, but wouldn't be surprising if at least some of Windows' gains on Ice Lake against Linux were due to better power management behavior on Windows with this latest-generation Intel microarchitecture.

When taking the geometric mean of all 46 benchmarks carried out, Intel's own Clear Linux did come out about 4% faster than Ubuntu 19.10 and 8.5% faster than Windows 10.

But if simply counting the number of first-place finishes, Windows 10 performed the best with coming in front 50% of the time to Clear Linux at 36% and Ubuntu 19.10 at 13%.

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