AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Performance On Windows 10 vs. Six Linux Distributions
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 26 June 2020. Page 8 of 8. 25 Comments

Of 149 benchmarks run, there was no standout first place performer on this Ryzen 5 4500U laptop. Having the most wins was Intel's Clear Linux but here it had wins just 22% of the time while in second place was Windows 10 with wins 20% of the time and then Ubuntu (both 20.04 and 20.10 daily) as well as openSUSE Tumbleweed coming in right behind. It was just Manjaro and Fedora Workstation that each only collected a few wins. All of the benchmark results in full can be found via OpenBenchmarking.org.

But when looking at the operating system coming in last place, about half the time that was Windows 10 but Clear Linux, Fedora Workstation 32, and Manjaro Linux 20.03.2 each came in last place more than 10% of the time.

If breaking down the numbers by the geometric mean when looking at the test results that ran successfully on Windows and all six tested Linux distributions, Windows 10 did come out behind the Linux distributions but by a small margin compared to our usual Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarking. The top performing Linux distribution was Ubuntu but followed closely by openSUSE, Manjaro, and Fedora. From the slowest (Windows 10) to fastest (Ubuntu 20.10 + Linux 5.7) was just a 16% difference or just 9% difference among the Linux distributions tested on this Lenovo Flex laptop with Ryzen 5 4500U.

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