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    Phoronix: The Performance Impact From Different Arch Linux Kernel Flavors

    Arch Linux has five different officially supported kernel builds: stable, hardened, long-term. real-time, and Zen, but which of these is the fastest for desktop Arch Linux users? Here are some fresh benchmarks looking at the performance out of these different kernel build options for Arch Linux and its derivatives.

    https://www.phoronix.com/review/arch-linux-kernels-2023

  • #2
    These graphs are terrible to read at times

    Screenshot_20230125_171208.png

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    • #3
      maybe the hardware is new and therefore benefited from the latest kernel support.
      LTS is still good for hardware with 2-years old or older.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pete910 View Post
        These graphs are terrible to read at times

        Screenshot_20230125_171208.png
        Was the graphs previously showing fine for you in dark mode? Will take a look to see if dark mode regressed for it...
        Michael Larabel
        https://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          System responsiveness, whilst hard to test, would be a good one.

          Linux trashes Windows in nearly every non-GPU benchmark, but I bet you Windows stays more responsiveness than GNOME under CPU-pressure. I am curious whether the RT kernels would show any improvement here.

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          • #6
            Seems zen kernel is quite a decent choice for gaming on arch, good to know.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pete910 View Post
              These graphs are terrible to read at times

              Screenshot_20230125_171208.png
              Should be fixed/improved if you refresh the page (and the updated dark CSS loads).
              Michael Larabel
              https://www.michaellarabel.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Britoid View Post
                System responsiveness, whilst hard to test, would be a good one.
                System responsiveness is not hard to test. The creators of the RT-patch also provide the cyclictest benchmark for this purpose.

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                • #9
                  Personally, I am amazed at just how well the -RT kernel held up to those tests compared to the rest. I do see where it did not do well against the Stress-NG test bench, but with the other tests....again....amazed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Britoid View Post
                    Linux trashes Windows in nearly every non-GPU benchmark, but I bet you Windows stays more responsiveness than GNOME under CPU-pressure. I am curious whether the RT kernels would show any improvement here.
                    Nope, Linux with proper CPU governor and Gnome is far more responsive.

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