Debian 7 Through Debian Testing Benchmarks With/Without Mitigations
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 22 January 2020. Page 9 of 9. 8 Comments

In ending out the benchmarks, here is a look at the geometric mean of all the tested Debian releases in the benchmarks that successfully ran from Debian 7 through Debian testing. Debian 10.2 without mitigations was the fastest followed by Debian testing. In disabling the CPU security mitigations on Debian 10 (via booting with "mitigations=off") raised the performance in these benchmarks by about 7%. The slowest release was Debian 7. In going from Debian 7.11 to Debian 10.2 meant a 21% improvement in performance on this Core i7 990X system or 30% faster if looking at the unmitigated performance difference

If counting the number of first place finishes, Debian 10.2 with no mitigations led the race followed by Debian 8.11 with no security mitigations.

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