Some Fresh Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Testing (Stretch) For A Xeon + Radeon System

Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 8 May 2016 at 08:00 PM EDT. 17 Comments
With having done clean installs of Debian 8.4 and Debian testing (Stretch) the past few days on the same box, here are some fresh comparison numbers for your viewing pleasure.

From my Xeon E5-2687W v3 (Haswell) system with FirePro V7900 (Cayman) graphics, I compared the out-of-the-box performance of Debian 8.4 to what's currently offered by Debian Testing.

Debian 8.4 has Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3.2, and GCC 4.8.4 while Debian Testing has Linux 4.5, Mesa 11.1.3, and GCC 5.3.1, among other updated packages.
Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

All of these results for this individual system can be found via this result file.
Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

The newer Mesa does help open-source Radeon performance a bit for some games, even with this Cayman GPU using the older R600g driver. The newer kernel also helps with AMD's open-source driver stack constantly evolving.
Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

You can build a kernel slightly faster with Debian Testing...
Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

Some other benchmarks are slightly faster with Debian Testing.
Debian 8.4 vs. Debian Stretch GNU Linux

Find out more via this result file.
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