Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 7 February 2022. Page 4 of 4. 114 Comments

Some Raspberry Pi OS Linux distributions had already been providing 64-bit builds, but only now with the commonly used Raspberry Pi OS (Raspbian) are they having a proper 64-bit image available.

If using your newer Raspberry Pi single board computer for any computationally demanding work, it should pay off moving to the 64-bit AArch64 version of Raspberry Pi OS.

Across the few dozen different workloads tested, switching Raspberry Pi OS 11 for the 64-bit version improved the performance on average by about 48%. See all the 32-bit vs. 64-bit Raspberry Pi benchmarks over on OpenBenchmarking.org.

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