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  • Linux 3.9 To Linux 4.9 Kernel Benchmarks: Testing The 21 Last Kernels

    Phoronix: Linux 3.9 To Linux 4.9 Kernel Benchmarks: Testing The 21 Last Kernels

    With the in-development Linux 4.9 kernel showing signs of some performance improvements, I've gone ahead and tested the last 21 major kernel releases on the same system. From Linux 3.9 to Linux 4.9, each of the major kernel releases was tested from the same Intel Core i7 desktop with a variety of benchmarks.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=23672

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    Thanks MadCatX for the tip to make this article possible.
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #3
      Hasn't Intel improved their drivers at all? Only a few FPS more :T

      I didn't know their graphics chip was so bad. Seeing that most people use it on Steam, I thought it was able to play CSGO with at +60FPS on FullHD.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Amarildo View Post
        Hasn't Intel improved their drivers at all? Only a few FPS more :T

        I didn't know their graphics chip was so bad. Seeing that most people use it on Steam, I thought it was able to play CSGO with at +60FPS on FullHD.
        Most of the 3D improvements come from their user-space Mesa driver that was maintained the same during testing of this kernel comparison.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael View Post

          Most of the 3D improvements come from their user-space Mesa driver that was maintained the same during testing of this kernel comparison.
          Oh, I see. Thanks. I'll look for a Mesa comparison on Intel chips.

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          • #6
            Thanks for these benchmarks, 4.9 looks great. Looking forward to the power consumption results.

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            • #7
              Nice! Like comparisons of 2 distant versions, to see has software improved or degraded its performance after ~3 years. Man! testing all 21 versions, good that it was automated. xD.

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              • #8
                4.9 looks great, apart from the last 2 pages.

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                • #9
                  Anyone able to comment on PostreSQL result?
                  Is it a problem with previous kernels giving fake results or is there any technical reason (schedulers, etc)?
                  Netrunner Linux - Rolling Release ; Nexus 5 ROM Chroma 5.1 ; NAS 6TB on FreeNAS

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                  • #10
                    You probably covered this in the article and I missed it, but was a kernel compiled for each version, or did you grab them from Ubuntu's repository? If they were downloaded, do you know if they were compiled using the same flags and whatnot?

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