Linux outperforms Windows 11 in this benchmark test
When it comes to benchmarks, most computer users are probably interested in performance comparisons of hardware and software running on the same operating system. Is this or that graphics card better for a gaming PC? Which Android device offers the best performance?
Cross-operating system benchmarks aren’t seen as often, but they can provide insight into how well or poorly a particular operating system is performing compared to another.
The most recent Phoronix benchmark suggests that Linux beats Windows 11 in most benchmarks on devices with Intel Alder Lake processors. Phoronix, for those who have never encountered the site before, has been around since 2004. It is a site that focuses on Linux hardware and other Linux topics.
The site has performed the test several times since the release of the Intel Core i9 12900K Alder Lake processor. Windows 11 outperformed Linux in the initial test in November 2021, and it came down to missing Linux kernel patches according to the author. In the meantime, the Linux kernel received performance fixes for Alder Lake, and the author decided to run the benchmarks again to see if the situation had improved.
The same computer system was used in the benchmark. It is powered by an Intel Core i9 12900K processor at default speeds, ASUS ROG STRIX z690-E gaming WiFI motherboard, 2x 16GB DDR5-6000 memory, Western Digital Black SN850 NVMe 500GB SSD and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card.
The author threw a lot of benchmarks on the four operating systems. No system came out on top all the time, but Windows 11 Pro performed worse in most tests. While at least one of the Linux systems did better in most benchmarks than Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Pro beat all three Linux systems in some of the benchmarks.
Some benchmarks had rather bizarre results. Take data visualization benchmark ParaView as an example: Windows 11 Pro had the worst performance score in three out of four benchmark tests, but in the last one it came in first. Another interesting observation is that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS without the stable kernel 5.18 patch did better in some of the benchmarks than Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with Linux kernel 5.18.
On the contrary, the benchmarks point out that Linux performance on systems equipped with the Intel Core i9 12900K processor has improved over the past ten months. It’s a good development of course. Windows 11 Pro didn’t perform well in many benchmarks, but performance is only part of the equation.
Now you: are you using Windows or Linux? Would you switch to Linux as a Windows user?