With Linux 5.16, AMD Ryzen APUs get a free performance boost of up to 28%

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The Linux 5.16 Kernel boosts AMD Ryzen APU performance by up to 28%.

the current Linux 5.16 Kernel has provided a significant speed boost to AMD Ryzen APU customers.


  • The Xonotic 0.8.2 build saw the most boost in performance, with a 28 percent improvement over Linux 5.15.10 running on Mesa22.0 build. The total performance boost is roughly 5-10%, which is a significant improvement for owners of AMD Ryzen APU-based laptops. The other laptop with Ryzen 5 5500U saw a decent performance boost as well, with up to a 14 percent increase in GLmark 2.

  • The recently released Linux 5.16 Kernel has been tested by Phoronix, and it appears that AMD’s Ryzen APU customers are in for a treat. The tests were carried out on AMD’s Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U and Ryzen 5 5500 processors, which are based on the Zen 3 and Zen 2 architectures, respectively.

This is definitely great news for AMD Ryzen APU notebook owners and it looks like it is definitely worth upgrading to the latest Linux 5.16 Kernel as there are only gains to be made. There are benchmarks that don’t see a huge performance jump but they also don’t have a performance regression over the previous Linux Kernels so overall, it’s a win-win situation for Ryzen owners. A stable release of the Linux 5.16 Kernel is expected to be released on the 9th of January.

This improvement with Linux 5.16 was fascinating and came unexpected. Linux 5.16 has many new features including AMDGPU kernel driver improvements, but this Radeon Vega graphics boost came as a surprise as there wasn’t any announced optimization and the Vega graphics support at this stage is quite mature. It may also be a combination of CPU-related improvements with Linux 5.16.



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