9-Way Linux Desktop Distribution Benchmarks With The Intel Core i7 8086K

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 9 July 2018 at 09:49 AM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 10 Comments.

Clear Linux had a narrow lead with the PostgreSQL database software, if you happen to be working on databases from your desktop.

Or a more visible lead with the Redis server.

Debian Buster was the fastest in the Python benchmark.

While with the PHP performance, Clear Linux is much faster than the others.

Of 51 benchmarks ran in total, Clear Linux 23530 was in first place 51% of the time followed by Antergos 18.7-Rolling with 13.7% wins, and then the remaining seven Linux distributions had wins each 10% or less of the time. At least over the past year, more Linux distributions have begun analyzing Clear Linux's optimizations so hopefully over the months ahead we'll finally begin seeing more distributions offering more competitive out-of-the-box performance -- especially with some finally catering more towards x86_64 hardware and other modern hardware capabilities.

In terms of the Core i7 8086K processor, it was stable across all nine Linux distributions tested and this several days worth of benchmarking hadn't yielded any problems for this processor overclocked to 5.0GHz on all six CPU cores. The only support caveat to point out is that Debian stable doesn't support Coffeelake graphics out-of-the-box due to its dated kernel as well as needing the necessary firmware support package installed.

All of the data in full can be analyzed via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file.

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