Running BSDs On The AMD Ryzen 5000 Series - FreeBSD vs. Linux Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 21 December 2020. Page 4 of 4. 32 Comments

In total 93 benchmarks were run on FreeBSD 12.2 and all tested Ubuntu configurations.

With the most wins outright was the out-of-the-box Ubuntu 20.10 configuration. FreeBSD 12.2 ended up coming in first place for just under 20% of the benchmarks.

FreeBSD 12.2 was in last place for 55% of those tests.

When taking the geometric mean of all 93 benchmarks, however, the race is much closer. Ubuntu 20.10 out-of-the-box with GCC and EXT4 was 19% faster than FreeBSD 12.2. But with Ubuntu 20.10 on OpenZFS and Clang, FreeBSD 12.2 was up to 98% the performance of that Ubuntu configuration.

Those wanting to look through all 93 results in full from this round of FreeBSD 12.2 vs. Ubuntu 20.10 benchmarking on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X can find the data via this result file.

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