Latest Ubuntu 21.10 blows the wind out of Windows 10 / 11 in certain performance tests

Ubuntu vs Windows 11

Microsoft's next-gen Windows 11 OS is set to release publicly on the 5th of October which is about a week earlier than the release date for Ubuntu 21.10 (codenamed "Impish Indri"), the latter being on October 14. As a result, folks over at Phoronix were curious and wondered what the performances differences might be like between the two upcoming operating systems.

According to the benchmark results obtained in the comparison across several workstation applications, it seems Ubuntu 21.10 is quite a bit ahead by around 50%, or much more, in some of the tests especially those that involve more dependency on the CPU, indicating that the OS is probably better at utilizing the available CPU resources than Windows. GPU-based applications however have generally tended to favor Microsoft's OS, however, the performance gaps aren't as big in Windows' favor.

The test system used by the publication consists of:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
  • GeForce RTX 3090
  • 16GB RAM
  • Windows 10 21H1 / Windows 11 Build 22000.168
  • Ubuntu 21.10

Ubuntu 2110 vs Windows 10 & 11

Ubuntu 2110 vs Windows 10 & 11

Ubuntu 2110 vs Windows 10 & 11

Ubuntu 2110 vs Windows 10 & 11

From the numbers, it is noticeable that Windows 11 doesn't really offer much of any significant improvement, if at all, over Windows 10, at least with this build version. The final image that shows WebP image encoding exhibits a certain anomaly as it is observed that the Windows 10 system is much faster than the Windows 11 one, possibly indicating some bug in the latter.

Ubuntu 2110 vs Windows 10 & 11

Overall, Ubuntu 21.10 appears to be ~10% faster than Windows 10 and slightly more so in the succeeding Windows 11 build. You can find the full performance review with a lot more benchmark numbers on Phoronix's website linked in the source link below.

Source and images: Phoronix

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