For educational purposes I am designing a small single seat twin engine aircraft that will be as efficient as possible at sea level and at a variety of speeds 150-500+ mph. The goal is to be able to travel long distances at high speed while offering great acceleration and loiter characteristics.
All of the information I've found is regarding cruising altitudes where at speeds of 400mph or less the turboprop is more efficient then a turbofan.
The chart below shows the results at altitude.
My top two choices are a variable pitch unducted fan or a high bypass turbofan. Both would be mounted in the wing with unducted unit having the blades aft of the wing. Both could possibly include afterburner for accelerating to top speed.
None of these charts take into account the drag of the different sized engines and their respective arrangements. The TSFC is usually quoted at design intention or static thrust and not sea level at high airspeeds so it's hard to compare known engines.
The turbofan aircraft could likely be designed quite a bit differently as you could use thrust vectoring and a variable nozzle reducing the number of necessary control surfaces and therefore drag which is extremely important in the thicker atmosphere.