Ubuntu vs Windows 10: Performance Tests on a Walmart Laptop

Phoronix’s Michael Larabel is doing some performance testing on Walmart’s $199 Motile-branded M141 laptop (which has an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, Vega 3 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 14-inch 1080p display).

But first he compared the performance of its pre-installed Windows 10 OS against the forthcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux distribution.

Some highlights:

    • Intel’s Embree path-tracer was running faster on Ubuntu…
    • Various video benchmarks were generally favoring Ubuntu for better performance though I wouldn’t recommend much in the way of video encoding from such a low-end device…
    • If planning to do any web/LAMP development from the budget laptop and testing PHP scripts locally, Ubuntu’s PHP7 performance continues running much stronger than Windows 10. - Git also continues running much faster on Linux.

Their conclusion? “Out of 63 tests ran on both operating systems, Ubuntu 20.04 was the fastest with coming in front 60% of the time.” (This sounds like 38 wins for Ubuntu versus 25 wins for Windows 10.)

“If taking the geometric mean of all 63 tests, the Motile $199 laptop with Ryzen 3 3200U was 15% faster on Ubuntu Linux over Windows 10.”

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