R: dplyr/sparklyr vs data.table Performance

In their 2017 book “R for Data Science“, Grolemund and Wickham state that data.table is recommended instead of dplyr when working with larger datasets (10 to 100 Gb) on a regular basis. Having started with Wickhams sparklyr (R’s interface to Spark using the dplyr dialect), I was wondering how much faster data.table actually is. This is not the most professional benchmark given that I just compare system time before and after the script ran but it gives an indication of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.