Windows 10 vs. Eight Linux Distributions On The Threadripper 3970X
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 17 December 2019. Page 9 of 9. 26 Comments

Out of 48 tests ran on all ten operating systems under test, Intel's Clear Linux was the fastest with first place finishes 37% of the time followed by CentOS Stream at 18% and tied for third were Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

Coming most often in last place was Windows 10.

When taking the geometric mean of all these benchmark results, the Windows 10 Professional performance was the same as Windows 10 Enterprise for this Threadripper 3970X testing, unlike the Enterprise advantage we've seen on the larger Threadripper 3990X. The slowest of the eight Linux distributions tested was the Ubuntu 20.04 development snapshot, but that still came out to be 9.5% faster than Windows 10. The fastest Linux distribution was Clear Linux on the Threadripper 3970X with a 19% over Windows in these cross-platform benchmarks. Following Clear Linux with a strong showing was the new rolling-release CentOS Stream. Dig through more data over on OpenBenchmarking.org.

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