Late April saw the release of System76’s Pop!_OS 22.04, based on Ubuntu 22.04 but with a variety of improvements, from numerous graphics/desktop improvements to other changes like their scheduler work and more. For those currently running Pop!_OS 21.10 and wondering about the impact on performance, here are some benchmarks showing the difference in performance on the same hardware.
While Pop!_OS is not limited to System76 hardware, for this comparison I used the still incredibly powerful System76 Thelio Major with its AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor, Radeon RX 5700XT Navi graphics, 128GB RAM and Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe SSD storage.
Fresh installations of Pop!_OS 21.10 and Pop!_OS 22.04 were performed and the resulting performance in the out-of-the-box state of this System76 Linux distribution was considered.
Dozens of different benchmarks were run to determine the direction of Pop!_OS Linux performance on this AMD CPU/GPU system. Note that unlike upstream Ubuntu, Pop!_OS ships newer kernel versions and such to users, with Linux 5.17 being used by both Pop!_OS versions.