AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 23 July 2018. Page 7 of 7. 19 Comments

The Linux distributions with the modern Mesa RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for the RX Vega 64 was faster than Windows 10 with the latest Radeon Software driver release for the OpenGL OpenArena game.

But what's interesting to note that the peak Windows 10 frame time was ahead of Fedora/Antergos/Ubuntu and only Clear Linux had a (much) lower peak frame-time.

It was similar at 1440p but here the peak frame-time on Windows was much lower than even Clear Linux.

The Unigine graphics performance was similar between Windows and Linux when using OpenGL, but when switching to the Direct3D 11 renderer the Windows 10 performance was much faster.

Of 54 benchmarks ran in total across Windows and Linux operating systems on this AMD Ryzen 7 2700X box, 35 times Clear Linux was in first place or at about 64% of the time this Intel open-source Linux distribution was still the fastest on this AMD Zen+ system. Tied for second meanwhile was Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Windows with five wins each, or Windows 10 comes in a solid second if combining the secondary runs when following the W10Privacy tweaks for three additional wins. Following that was then Antergos 18.7 and Fedora Workstation 28 tied with the remainder of the benchmarks.

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