Pop!_OS With Linux 6.8 Is Benefiting Older System76 Threadripper Systems Too

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 2 May 2024 at 10:00 AM EDT. Page 1 of 3. 13 Comments.

As noted at the end of March, System76's Pop!_OS Linux distribution has upgraded to the Linux 6.8 kernel as a stable release update for this Ubuntu-derived distribution. That Linux 6.6 to 6.8 leap on Pop!_OS yielded some nice kernel performance improvements for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X available with their newest System76 Thelio Major workstations. But tests I've carried out of the Pop!_OS upgrade on a years older System76 Thelio is showing off some nice advantages too.

Linux 6.8 on POP!_OS

In addition to the new Linux 6.8 features, Linux 6.8 (and 6.7) deliver some nice performance optimizations particularly for the newest Intel/AMD platforms. But it's also worthwhile to note that some of the recent kernel optimizations are still beneficial for older hardware. In today's benchmarking roundabout is a look at the 2020 version of the System76 Thelio Major now four years old while featuring the still potent AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X 64-core processor.

This older System76 Thelio Major being tested has the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X as the top-end Zen 2 model, Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard, 4 x 32GB DDR4-3000 memory, Samsung 970 EVO Plus 512GB NVMe SSD, and AMD Radeon RX 5700 (RDNA1) graphics.

This same system was tested with Pop!_OS back in its state a few weeks ago while riding the Linux 6.6 kernel and then again when applying the recent Pop!_OS stable updates to take it onto the Linux 6.8 kernel. Thanks to System76 for having supplied the Thelio Major review samples for making this ongoing testing possible.

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