In part due to crossing 500,000 benchmark results in the basement server room and as well since Phoromatic makes deploying new benchmark runs so trivial via benchmark tickets, I ran some extra tests on a majority of the systems over the holiday weekend. On 36 of the 60+ systems here, with a varying software configurations, I ran a comparison for fun and to help anyone wanting to see how their new hardware is performing or if you're just weighing a possible upgrade.
The 36 systems tested range from the latest Intel Core i7 and Xeon hardware to old Sempron and Phenom systems from AMD. Ubuntu and Fedora are used by most of the systems and these 36 systems are a sub-set of the performance tracking systems used at LinuxBenchmarking.com.
If you want to see how your own system compares, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite on your Linux/BSD system and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1512297-GA-500K3763931 to run your own fully-automated, reproducible, side-by-side comparison.
Visit this OpenBenchmarking.org result file for more information on the systems and these results.
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Again, if you want to see how your own system compares, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1512297-GA-500K3763931. Visit the OpenBenchmarking.org result file to learn more about these reference results.