Windows 11’s WSL2 works pretty well against native Ubuntu most of the time.


Windows 11 vs. Tux with the Ubuntu logo on your chest

When AMD first revealed its Ryzen 7000X3D processors, the company promised new chipset drivers optimized for Windows. The drivers were released a month later and as the Santa Clara company promised, we saw big performance per watt, as the flagship Ryzen 7950X3D completely blew Intel’s i9-13900K out of the water.

Phoronix recently tested an 8-core, 16-threaded Ryzen 7 7800X3D on Ubuntu and compared it to Windows 11. While it was a close fight overall, Ubuntu managed to come out on top. Next, it was time to look at the performance of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) to see how well it fared against Ubuntu.

Just like when it was tested with the original Windows 11 21H2 in 2021, WSL put on a good show as it traded mostly lags in some scenarios. For example, in x265 video encoding, it lagged far behind native Ubuntu, both 22.04.2 LTS and 23.04. A similar situation was observed in the MariaDB database benchmark. However, it was also faster in the memcaching tests.

Here’s how Phoenix compares:

For many different practical workloads, the performance of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) seems quite good on Microsoft Windows 11. Overall it was quite a pleasant experience with the latest Windows 11 with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on WSL2. There is similar performance for many workloads. If you’re stuck using a Windows host due to corporate protocols or other reasons, to run bare-metal Linux. Plus Microsoft is also extending the functionality of WSL2 to support graphical/3D applications, video acceleration, and other functionality.

You can get more details on Phoenix website.


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