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macOS 12.1 vs Ubuntu vs Clear Linux vs Windows Benchmarks

Recently, I looked at how macOS 12 performs against Linux when it comes to Intel-based Macs. Arising from reader requests and curiosity about how Windows would work in the mix, here are such benchmark results with macOS 12.1, Windows 10, Clear Linux, and Ubuntu 21.10.

This comparison shows Windows 10 on the 2018 Mac Mini as used in other recent Linux / macOS benchmarks. Windows 10 21H2 was used with all available system updates because unfortunately Windows 11 is not supported on Intel Macs. Due to the TPM / Secure Boot requirements in place with Windows 11, the new version of the Microsoft operating system is not compatible with bare metal Macs. It seems the only way forward for Windows 11 on Macs is through virtualization, unless the requirements for Windows 11 are revised.

So for this comparison, the latest Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 21.10 and Intel’s own Clear Linux vs. Apple macOS 12.1. All tests were performed on the same 2018 Mac Mini with Intel Core i7 8700B “Coffee Lake” processor with UHD Graphics 630, 8GB RAM and 250GB SSD. The same system was used throughout the testing – the CPU frequency and memory differences reported in the automation system table just correspond to how each operating system exposes different details, etc.

All operating systems were successfully installed and running in their out of the box / default state. Via the Phoronix Test Suite, a variety of different performance tests, all native to macOS / Windows / Linux, have been run on this Mac Mini to satisfy the curiosity of how Windows competes with macOS and Linux.


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