Windows 10 vs. Windows WSL vs. Linux - Ubuntu / openSUSE / Debian / Clear Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 28 March 2018. Page 6 of 6. 12 Comments

It does appear that the Blender Windows binary is slower than the Blender Linux binary, at least when it comes to the CPU-based rendering.

Clear Linux has well optimized Python 2/3, which is why it's doing so much better than the rest. The other operating systems performed about the same speed with this benchmark.

Clear Linux's tuned PHP package shows how fast PHP 7 has the potential to perform... For the Linux distributions running under WSL, their performance was just faintly slower than running bare metal. OpenSUSE 42.3 was the slowest in this test due to it shipping the older PHP5, but at least openSUSE Leap 15 is right around the corner. Windows 10 with PHP 7.2 doesn't perform nearly as nicely on Linux.

Lastly is a look at the time needed to carry out some common Git commands on a static copy of the GTK4 repository. WSL takes a noticeable hit here due to the heavy I/O usage.

For those wanting some quick stats, when it comes to outright wins, Clear Linux was the fastest of the operating systems tested with coming in first 40% of the time, Debian 9.4 in second with first place finishes 22.5% of the time, and Windows 10 Pro itself was the fastest 12.5% of the time.

We'll be back with more Windows vs. Linux benchmarks when Microsoft ships the Spring Creators Update.

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