Testing Six Different Linux Distributions On The Intel Core i9 13900K "Raptor Lake"

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 17 November 2022. Page 2 of 5. 34 Comments

In most of the gaming tests there wasn't much of a difference, which isn't surprising given they are all using recent Linux kernel and Mesa versions. Additionally, the RDNA2 graphics with the Radeon RX 6800 XT are rather mature at this point that most software optimizations have long been squeezed out of the hardware.

With the Unvanquished game though it did enjoy better performance running on Intel's Clear Linux. While some may immediately attribute the Clear Linux lead to that Intel OS defaulting to the P-State performance governor by default, CentOS Stream 9 also defaulted to the P-State performance governor yet its performance was similar to that of the other Linux distributions on P-State powersave. Clear Linux has a number of different optimization strategies and various patches it carries that ultimately combined all help out for providing great performance out-of-the-box whether serving as a Linux desktop or server.

For other more CPU and system workloads, it largely depends upon the particular workload for how well the six competed...

Debian Bookworm is looking like it's shaping up nicely for some of the HPC benchmarks like NPB, but Clear Linux and Ubuntu 22.10 tended to be very competitive too.

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