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Fedora 31 Performance Is Still Sliding In The Wrong Direction – Benchmarks Against Ubuntu 19.10 + Clear Linux

The performance of Fedora 30 on multiple systems has generally been coming up short compared to the likes of Ubuntu, Clear Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. With this week’s release of Fedora 31 I was hopeful that the performance would be more competitive to other prominent Linux distributions, but sadly that doesn’t appear to be the case. Here are some initial benchmarks of Fedora Workstation 31 compared to Fedora Workstation 30, Clear Linux 31450, and Ubuntu 19.10.

The performance of Fedora on recent releases has frankly not been too impressive. While Red Hat has been doing a lot to add more features to the Linux desktop and other new functionality throughout the stack, performance has seemingly not been a major focus for them in recent times. On many different AMD and Intel systems, the performance of Fedora has generally lagged behind the likes of Ubuntu, openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Debian Buster. Of course, also behind Intel’s Clear Linux that tends to be the gold standard for x86_64 Linux performance.

While Fedora 31 has lots of new/improved features, performance doesn’t seem to be one of them. I’m still running Fedora 31 tests on more systems, but so far the performance across dozens of workloads is either on-par to Fedora Workstation 30 or regressed. Fedora 30 itself has seen some slowdowns with stable release updates as shown by these tests today having both stock Fedora 30 and then Fedora 30 with all of their liberal updates taking it to newer kernel versions, etc.

For this initial benchmarking of Fedora 31, tests were done on an Intel Core i9 7980XE with ASUS PRIME X299-A motherboard, 4 x 4GB DDR4 memory, Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics.

All of the Linux distributions were freshly installed on the same system and tested with their out-of-the-box settings. All of the benchmarks facilitated in a fully-automated and reproducible manner using the Phoronix Test Suite.

Intel Core i9 9900KS Linux Benchmarks Are Coming


The Intel Core i9 9900KS is still on track for shipping this month as the revived Coffeelake CPU that is capable of hitting an all-core turbo frequency of 5.0GHz. Linux benchmarks of the Core i9 9900KS are coming.

This morning marks the “unboxing embargo” expiry. So, unfortunately, today we are not allowed to share any performance figures or anything besides showing off the new CPU / packaging.

The box is massive and of course is a press box while inside is the Core i9 9900KS plastic packaging. The Core i9 9900KS features an all-core 5GHz turbo frequency and 4GHz base clock while still being eight cores plus Hyper Threading and other specs in common with the existing Core i9 9900K. The Core i9 9900K (non-S) as a reminder carries a 3.6GHz base frequency and a turbo single-core frequency of 5.0GHz.

It’s been rumored on other websites for weeks the Core i9 9900KS will retail for just north of $500 USD. The Core i9 9900KS is, of course, still going head to head against the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

When the i9-9900KS review embargo expires in the days ahead, plenty of Linux benchmarks will begin flowing.

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 19.10 vs. Clear Linux vs. Debian 10.1 Benchmarks On An Intel Core i9

Earlier this week I provided some fresh Windows vs. Linux web browser benchmarks for both Firefox and Chrome. For those curious how the current Windows 10 vs. Linux performance is for other workloads, here is a fresh look across a variety of software applications and while testing the near-final Ubuntu 19.10, Intel’s rolling-release Clear Linux, and Debian 10.1 while running off an Intel Core i9 HEDT platform.

Ahead of all our autumn 2019 Linux distribution update benchmarks, this article is a fresh look at the Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 performance compared to these popular Linux distributions. Particularly with Debian 10 and Clear Linux, they tend to be the fastest Linux distributions we routinely benchmark at Phoronix while Ubuntu is included due to its popularity.

These four operating systems were all tested on the same Intel Core i9 7980XE + 4 x 4GB DDR4-3200 memory + NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X + Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD system with the i9-7980XE being the newest Intel HEDT platform I have available for testing at the moment.

A range of benchmarks were carried out on the four operating systems from NVIDIA graphics/compute tests through various applications. All of the benchmarking on Windows and Linux was automated in a reproducible manner using the Phoronix Test Suite.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Benchmarks On 11 Linux Distributions

Now that BIOS updates over the past month have resolved the early boot issue with Ryzen 3000 processors and thus the new AMD CPUs playing nicely with modern Linux distributions, here is the long-awaited benchmark comparison of the Ryzen 9 3900X + X570 system benchmarked across an array of different Linux distributions… In fact, 11 Linux OS releases in total were tested on this high-end 12-core / 24-thread desktop processor.

Last week was a look at eight Linux distributions on the AMD EPYC 7742 2P server while this is the desktop equivalent and pulling in more distributions given the more diverse Linux desktop ecosystem. The Ryzen 9 3900X was running at stock speeds on the ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VIII HERO WiFi motherboard with 2TB Corsair Force MP600 PCIe 4.9 NVMe SSD, and Radeon RX 560 graphics (not the focus of today’s tests).

Each Linux distribution was cleanly installed and tested out-of-the-box with all available updates as of testing. Via the Phoronix Test Suite a wide range of benchmarks were carried out.

Given the latest BIOS updates for the ASUS X570 motherboards, there weren’t any Ryzen 9 3900X (Zen 2) or X570 compatibility problems to note. The only Linux hardware compatibility to mention was Intel’s Clear Linux not detecting the Corsair Force MP600 PCIe4 solid-state drive. It appears to be due to Intel’s power management policies and similar Samsung NVMe SSD issues we saw before on AMD platforms with Clear Linux, the MP600 was not working. So for the Clear Linux testing we resorted to using an older (and slower) Corsair Force MP500 SSD on this system while running Clear Linux.

The tested Linux distributions were Clear Linux 30940, Debian 10.0, Debian Testing, Endeavour OS, Fedora Workstation 30, Manjaro Linux 18.0.4, Solus 4.0, Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10 daily, and openSUSE Tumbleweed.

8-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On The AMD EPYC 7742 2P Server

A few days ago I provided some benchmarks showing how running Intel’s open-source Clear Linux on AMD EPYC Rome can provide some significant speed-ups over Ubuntu Linux, but how do other Linux distributions compare on AMD’s new Zen 2 server processors? Here is an eight-way benchmark comparison on the AMD EPYC 7742 2P Daytona server with its 128 cores / 256 threads.

The dual AMD EPYC 7742 server was equipped with 512GB of RAM and using an Intel Optane 900p NVMe solid-state drive for storage throughout. The tested Linux distributions were Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10 daily (4 September 2019), openSUSE Leap 15.1 derived from SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, Fedora 30, Clear Linux 30940, and Debian 10.0.

All eight Linux distribution installations were cleanly installed each time and left at their default/out-of-the-box configuration for a representative initial/clean experience on each platform. Via the Phoronix Test Suite a wide range of tests were carried out.