Linux 3.17 Doesn't Boost Ivy Bridge Performance Numbers
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 25 August 2014 at 10:18 AM EDT. 4 Comments
Last week I ran some performance tests that found Sandy Bridge was faster with the Linux 3.17 kernel and these performance gains with the still in-development kernel extended beyond just graphics. Curious, I ran some tests this weekend to see whether Intel Ivy Bridge processors were also running faster with Linux 3.17 compared to Linux 3.16 stable.


Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's any measurable performance improvements with Linux 3.17 Git over Linux 3.16 with the tests I did from a CompuLab system that sported a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with HD Graphics 4000. I ran the same tests as I did for the Sandy Bridge 3.16 vs. 3.17 article and actually rendered the results side-by-side for easy comparison purposes. While there's no marked change for Linux 3.17 on Ivy Bridge, if you want to see the performance numbers head over to this OpenBenchmarking.org result file.

The other Phoronix benchmarks looking at other areas of the Linux 3.17 kernel and its new features are coming up in the days ahead.
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