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Benchmark Results: Boot, Hibernate, Wake, And Shut Down Times

Ubuntu 10.10: Maverick Meerkat Benchmarked And Reviewed

Our new 64-bit test system takes approximately 39 seconds for the BIOS to hand control over to the operating system. While this sounds like a pretty long time, especially for a new rig, keep in mind that the GA-P55A-UD7 has several pieces of logic to initialize and scan (if you're leaving all of its features enabled). Also, the six P55-based SATA 3Gb/s ports that the test hard drives are connected to is set to AHCI mode, further adding to the pre-boot time.

We encountered a few hurdles with hibernation in both OSes this time around. In order for Lucid Lynx to hibernate correctly, the onboard USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s controllers had to be disabled in the BIOS. The USB 3.0 ports were causing our problems, but the SATA chip had to be disabled along with USB 3.0 in order to clear POST. Maverick would not hibernate with these components enabled, either.

Hibernation and wake-up were unreliable on our Maverick Meerkat 64-bit test system, failing about 20% of the time. We ran extra iterations in order to record enough usable results. In order to find out if this was a general issue with Ubuntu 10.10, just the 64-bit edition, or a problem with the motherboard, we tested hibernation on other systems. The 64-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 has no issues with hibernation or wake on the trusty old Athlon 64 X2 test machine. Hibernate/wake is also nominal in the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 on the Dell Mini 10v netbook test system, both in Desktop and Netbook Editions. Strangely, UDE 32-bit had no issues on our 64-bit test system either. Case closed, the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 10.10 has issues with hibernate/wake on the test motherboard.

The boot time for Ubuntu 10.10 is only one third of a second slower than 10.04 LTS, with both just under 19 seconds. Hibernation is four seconds slower in Maverick Meerkat than its predecessor, though wake times are a solid eight seconds speedier in the newer version. Shutdown times have also decreased in Ubuntu 10.10, shaving slightly over two seconds off the 10.04 LTS result. Overall, a mix that favors Maverick Meerkat.

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