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Ubuntu vs. Pop!_OS vs. Manjaro vs. Fedora | Gnome Speed Test

We will be running a speed test on various distros running Gnome. Finding the best preforming Linux distribution is a difficult thing to do. There are so many factors when trying to figure this out. The most important variable is what desktop environment you want to run. Gnome is one of the most popular desktop environments today as it comes pre-installed on many Linux distributions. We will run some general speed tests and benchmarking to see if there are any performance differences to consider.

We will be comparing the performance of Ubuntu 20.10, Pop!_OS 20.04, Manjaro 20.1.1, and Fedora 32. Later, we will add benchmarking for Fedora 33 and Pop!_OS with an updated Kernel.


Benchmark Devices:

  • ThinkPad: Lenovo ThinkPad T450, i5-5300U, 8gb DDR3, 256gb SSD
  • Desktop: Asus x570-p, Ryzen 7 3700x, 32gb DDR4, 256gb SSD, GTX 1650

General Speed Testing

All of these general speed tests were done on the ThinkPad. Overall all systems were really close when it comes to speed, but there were noticeable advantages with both Pop!_OS and Manjaro.

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Live Disk Boot 00:41;51 00:25;28 00:43;26 00:52;45
Installation 04:08;50 03:00;14 01:53;21 05:26;41
Regular Boot 00:27;22 0:18;44 00:25;15 00:31;19
File Transfer Test 1:33;50 01:37;31 01:33;15


Gnome Disks Benchmarking

Gnome Disks has a nice benchmarking tool built into the application. Our tests were set with 100 samples with an average sample size of 100mb. Below, the results are listed as the average read rate followed by the average access time in milliseconds. (mb/msec)

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop 570/.04 570/.03 558/.03 570/.04
Thinkpad 565/.04 563/.05 563/.05 562/.05

Kdenlive Render Test

For the Kdenlive render tests, I ran a render of the same footage on both systems. On the ThinkPad I rendered out 10 seconds and on the desktop I rendered out 5 minutes. Both renders where done as a .mp4 with 50 percent quality output.

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop (5m) 1:46;00 1:45;00 1:45;00 1:58;00
Thinkpad (10s) 2:39;00 2:46;00 1:22;00 2:47;00
Version of Kdenlive officially available on each distribution on 10/03/2020

glmark2 OpenGL Benchmarking

glmark2 is a simple OpenGL graphics benchmarking tool. It has a variety of “scenes” it renders in order to give you a broad ball-park idea of your graphics performance. This test is better for seeing the difference in older computers as it doesn’t place much stress on modern graphics cards.

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop 8885 n/a 9896 9165
Thinkpad 846 860 933 881

Geekbench5 Benchmarking

Geekbench is a complete benchmarking tool that allows us to score our multi-core and single core CPU performance. (single/multi)

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop 1337/8826 1348/8790 1345/8728 1356/8850
Thinkpad 655/925 781/1158 781/1559 776/1538
Geekbench 5.2.4

Across the board there were not any major differences in how these distributions preformed, but Fedora overall did see better single core and multi-core performance on better hardware. There is a reason Fedora is the go-to choice for developers and industry.

Octance 2.0 Java Benchmarking

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop 36655 36614 37646 36273
Thinkpad 20104 20684 20711 19567
Octane stopped development in 2017

Basemark Benchmarking

  Ubuntu Pop!_OS Manjaro Fedora
Desktop 869.18 775.95 857.75 792.14
Thinkpad 237.6 227.16 243.34 225.77
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PC specs:

Ryzen 9 3900X overclocked to 4.3-4.4 GHz

Corsair H100i platinum

32 GB Trident Z RGB 3200 MHz 14-14-14-34

RTX 2060

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge wifi


Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

2 TB WD hard drive

Corsair RM 750 Watt


Razer Ornata Chroma

Razer Firefly 

Razer Deathadder 2013

Logitech G935 Wireless

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