For your viewing pleasure to get our March 2016 Linux benchmarking started is a Linux 4.1 through Linux 4.5 kernel benchmark comparison when testing with a 4GHz Intel Xeon E3 v5 Skylake CPU and using a RadeonSI-supported graphics card and SSD for storage.
Used for today's kernel benchmark comparison was the new Xeon E3-1280 v5 with 3.7GHz base clock frequency and 4.0GHz turbo frequency, MSI C236A Workstation motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 system memory, 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and Radeon R7 370 graphics card. Thanks to MSI for making this motherboard and CPU testing possible.
Tests were done while running a development snapshot of Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 and swapping out the kernel using the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel builds of Linux 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 Git from 2016-02-28. Mesa 11.3-devel was running on the system, an EXT4 file-system was in use on the SSD, and GCC 5.3.1 was the default compiler.
The benchmark results from this basic Linux kernel benchmark comparison can be found on the pages ahead. In case you missed it and are after a larger comparison, a few weeks back I carried out a Linux 3.5 through Linux 4.5 kernel comparison too for your enjoyment.