AMD Renoir sees a nice improvement moving from Ubuntu 20.04 to 22.04 LTS

My Ubuntu 22.04 LTS benchmarking so far has focused on some shiny and exciting high-end hardware, the latest flagship desktop processors, and some interesting older hardware comparisons. But what about the performance of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on recent but mature hardware platforms? For this round of tests, I’m looking at how Ubuntu 20.04 LTS performs against Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on OnLogic’s AMD Ryzen and Intel Core industrial PCs. Especially in the case of AMD Ryzen “Renoir”, there is even more performance that is squeezed out of this new Ubuntu long-term support release.

Being curious whether the upgrades from Ubuntu 20.04 to 22.04 LTS are worth it for more modest hardware than the hardware I normally test, I performed an Ubuntu LTS performance comparison using two OnLogic industrial PCs. : the OnLogic Helix 500 as a fanless Intel Core i7 Comet Lake system and then the OnLogic ML100G-41 as an AMD Ryzen-powered SFF industrial PC using the popular Ryzen 7 4800U. Thanks to OnLogic for providing these review samples and they continue to serve as interesting test targets.

The OnLogic Helix 500 is equipped with the Intel Core i7 10700T Comet Lake processor with integrated graphics, 32 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD. The OnLogic ML100G-41 is built around the Ryzen 7 4800U Renoir platform with integrated Vega graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. They are two separate systems and both are tested in this article not for compare CPU vs CPU performance, but rather to cover both recent but mature support under Linux Intel and AMD hardware platforms for additional perspective on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS performance gains or losses . .

Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS is the benchmark, which uses the Ubuntu 21.10 hardware enablement stack. Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS has Linux kernel 5.13 and Mesa 21.2.6, among other updated components, which already makes it much better than previous Ubuntu 20.04 LTS releases.

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS in its initial state uses Linux kernel 5.15, Mesa 22.0.1, GCC 11.2 and other upgrades on Ubuntu 20.04/21.10 and earlier versions. Each Ubuntu Linux operating system has been properly installed on the given target and tested in its out-of-the-box/default state to see how performance scales for Intel Comet Lake and AMD Renoir platforms. A wide range of benchmarks have been performed on these industrial mini PCs in an assortment of different workload areas.

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Steven L. Nielsen