Liquorix Kernel Benchmarked Against Linux 4.2, Linux 4.3 Kernels

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 13 October 2015 at 05:19 PM EDT. 9 Comments
Recently there were a number of requests about testing the latest state of Liquorix, the self-prcolaimed "better distro kernel" that is an optimized version of the Linux kernel with extra patches that makes it optimal for desktop, multimedia, and gaming workloads. Here's some fresh Liquorix vs. mainline Linux kernel performance benchmarks.

Tested for this afternoon quickie was the Liquorix 4.2 kernel obtained from their Debian package repository and then compared to the stock Linux 4.2 kernel currently shipped in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily and then also using the latest Linux 4.3 daily Git kernel from the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA. The same Core i7 4790K Haswell system was used during benchmarking.
Kernel Tests Ubuntu 15.10
The Phoronix Test Suite system table notes some of the differences between Liquorix and the normal/default Linux kernel builds. You can also visit for details.
Kernel Tests Ubuntu 15.10
A LOT of tests were run on the three different kernels...

Due to being swamped with other tests and burned out, if you want to take a look at all of the benchmark results, go visit this result file. For the most part the performance is close to the same but there are a few evident differences.

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