Quick summary/my findings:
- less render time running Linux [LinumMint] than under Windows 10 [all things turned off], same hardware
- SSD’s help
Linux run: Workstation with GTX1080 8Gb, GTX970 4Gb, 32Gb RAM, Quad core Intel processor. No SSD
Same hardware as above but run under Windows 10
Ran on same hardware, only using the GTX1080 8Gb , under Linuxmint – impressive resuly showing in my view and from cuda/nvidia research l did that the 4Gb of the 2nd graphics card limits the performance.
Home PC #2 Results below, newer PC, no SSD, 2 x GTX560Ti
Below results from Alienware 17 [4 years old] with Samsung Evo 500Gb SSD, GTX860M