Damage comparison between 2 different builds, with no prep, no help, no magic items, only standard equipment and class features. No class features that get expended and can't be used each round, because this is meant to be over a full day. Rage is going to be included although that doesn't meet the expended use clause, but that is an exception.
All levels are important, but mostly 1-10.
Buffs provided to allies are not important to this question.
Str: 18 Dex: 15 Con: 17 Int: 9 Wis: 11 Cha: 11
Yes I rolled stats, and 3 high rolls is the only reason I am considering a barbarian. These are the base stats before any racial add-ons.
My base build is a variant human, taking GWM at level 1. My +1 stats would put Dex to 16 and Con to 18. Using a greatsword or greataxe depending on level (accounting for brutal critical), always being reckless. I am also banking on knowing the AC, or at least working it out early enough to decide to use GWM based on the actual formula to get max damage out of it (IE: looking to often not use it on the first attack because of Divine Fury).
At level 4 I would add +2 to Str, at higher levels I would probably increase Dex or Con or take some feats for RP.
Use the same rolled stats (you can change the order if there is valid reason) but using the Path of the Beast subclass.
You can have any race, but no weapons because the point of Path of Beast is to claw stuff!
You can pick whatever feats are needed at various levels.
Single class (or maybe a tiny dip, but without delaying extra attack and not to grab action surge unless you can convince me it helps Beast more than Zealot)
Can Path of the Beast compare at all?
I am not great with specific DPS calculations, but am pretty good with gut instinct. GWM is always powerful, especially when used mathematically like I will, and Divine Fury is already like having an additional attack. Bite does healing which is ok, but is less damage than a 2 handed weapon even without GWM, claws is better than divine fury to start but quickly falls behind, tail I am not too bothered about because I could take a glaive if I wanted range.
Taking GWM specifically into account I don't see any way it can compare, but I would really like to know otherwise.
I am also not considering resistance either, I will get my hands on a magic weapon easily enough when it is needed, but I am not counting that into damage numbers.
Aside from berserker (exhaustion sucks) can any barbarian subclass match zealot?