8-Way ARM Board Linux Benchmark Comparison From The Pi Zero & ODROID To Tegra

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 13 January 2016 at 11:00 AM EST. Page 2 of 6. 64 Comments.

For this benchmarking I used the newest, official release of the supported Linux distribution for each of these ARM computers. In many cases, these different ARM SBCs all support the Raspberry Pi driven Raspbian Debian-based Linux OS.

Clean setups were done on each of these ARM SBCs with all available updates. All of the benchmarks were done out-of-the-box with the default settings/packaged shipped by each of these platform images.

RPi And Other ARM Linux SBC Board Benchmarks

The primary focus of these benchmarks today are on the CPU performance for these sub-$50 Linux boards. Besides looking at the raw performance, the performance-per-dollar was also computed via the Phoronix Test Suite's module to see the boards with the best value.

Performance-per-Watt benchmarks were not done as it was pointed out in a notice that the WattsUp Pro USB power meter generally used for our power measurements can potentially have some inaccuracies with very low Wattage devices like these ARM SBCs, however, we haven't noticed any issues with it in the past.

On the following pages are benchmarks for all the ODROID C1+, Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspberry Pi 2, Orange Pi Plus, Orange Pi PC, Banana Pi M2, Jetson TK1, and Jetson TX1. All of these ARM Linux benchmarks were done in a fully-automated and reproducible manner using the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

For follow-up tests, I'm still working on getting more graphics benchmarks that are compatible with these ARM boards and their proprietary OpenGL ES drivers.

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