Ubuntu Linux Squeezes ~20% More Performance Than Windows 11 On New AMD Zen 4 Threadripper

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 21 November 2023 at 09:38 AM EST.
Geekbench benchmark with settings of Test: CPU Multi Core. Windows 11 Pro H2-23 was the fastest.
Geekbench benchmark with settings of Test: CPU Single Core. Windows 11 Pro H2-23 was the fastest.

Somewhat surprisingly, Geekbench 6 reported around 6% better performance on Windows 11 for its multi-core test or unchanged performance for the single core test.

Blender benchmark with settings of Blend File: BMW27, Compute: CPU-Only. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Blender benchmark with settings of Blend File: Classroom, Compute: CPU-Only. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Blender benchmark with settings of Blend File: Fishy Cat, Compute: CPU-Only. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Blender benchmark with settings of Blend File: Barbershop, Compute: CPU-Only. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Blender benchmark with settings of Blend File: Pabellon Barcelona, Compute: CPU-Only. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.

With the brand new Blender 4.0, Ubuntu Linux continued to consistently deliver better performance than Windows 11 on this AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX workstation. We see this consistently across a lot of Intel and AMD hardware that Blender performs much better on Linux than Windows, take note artists!

Appleseed benchmark with settings of Scene: Emily. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Appleseed benchmark with settings of Scene: Disney Material. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.
Appleseed benchmark with settings of Scene: Material Tester. Windows 11 Pro H2-23 was the fastest.

The Appleseed renderer was also tending to perform the best on Linux for this HP Z6 G5 A workstation.

Chaos Group V-RAY benchmark with settings of Mode: CPU. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.

With the proprietary V-RAY renderer, Ubuntu 23.10 was around 10% faster than Windows 11 on this AMD workstation.

Geometric Mean Of All Test Results benchmark with settings of Result Composite, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX, Windows 11 vs. Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu 23.10 was the fastest.

When taking the geometric mean of all the dozens of benchmarks carried out on this HP Z6 G5 A workstation, Ubuntu 23.10 was 19.5% faster on average than Microsoft Windows 11 Pro as shipped by HP. As shown in the many individual results, the Windows vs. Linux performance difference can vary quite a bit. Linux continued to consistently outperform Windows with Blender and other CPU-based rendering workloads, other creator software like Intel oneAPI toolkit components, encoding 4K video content, and other creator workloads.

Regardless of whether you are a Windows or Linux fan, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX is an incredible HEDT/workstation processor. The HP Z6 G5 A is also continuing to prove itself to be an excellent system for creators and other professionals. More tests on both the PRO 7995WX and the HP Z6 G5 A coming up soon on Phoronix.

In case you missed it, see yesterday's Threadripper PRO 7995WX Linux review along with the Threadripper 7970X and 7980X Linux benchmarks.

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