AMD’s monster 32-core Threadripper 2990WX CPU released this past week to mostly positive reviews alongside a bit of criticism. When pitted against its closest Intel rival — the Core i9 7980 XE — it offers a superior mostly superior performance along with a clear value proposition, especially if tapping software that thrives on high core and thread counts. Gifted it stands while the world’s fastest CPU.
But several use-cases it’s even faster when you’re using it with Linux.
Phoronix has published a compelling suite of benchmark results for AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX that pit Windows 10 Pro against a small number of Linux distributions like Ubuntu and openSUSE. In almost every single test, Linux emerges for the winner. Almost all their CPU-intensive tests are compatible across Windows, Linux and MacOS and same system was utilized with identical hardware settings.
More extreme case shows all four flavors of Linux downright embarrassing Windows within 7-Zip compression test (above), performing the job about two times as fast when compared to Windows 10 Pro.
Ok, so creative professionals probably doesn’t base their $1800 CPU purchase (or their OS choice) over a merits of file compression speed. Big event to say it isn’t really a damning result. Let’s consider something more important, for instance 3D graphics pipelines with Blender.
Again, every Linux flavor bests Windows 10 by a healthy margin. This is only one of four separate Blender benchmarks which yielded roughly the very same results.
Times also measured FLAC audio encoding (Linux won, but barely), H.264 video encoding (Linux won with large margin) with a healthy number of other benchmarks.
Not tested: Adobe products. . .
However, this isn’t articles encouraging a person to maximize your investment by switching to Linux and potentially your own workflow. However, professionals who can aquire the job done on Linux will be receiving it done significantly faster.
That is because Windows has poor support for Non-Uniform Memory Access setups. The advantages NUMA, however, are available for certain workloads. In discussing the Phoronix results, NotebookCheck observes the foregoing:
“In all Blender tests, the performance on Linux was clearly better by definitely 15% compared to Windows 10. However, in single-threaded tests for example FLAC Audio Encoding and BLAKE2, the Threadripper 2990WX performed almost equally across Windows 10 Pro and Linux. FFmpeg also favored performance under Windows 10 versus most other Linux distros. Therefore, these results find a way to indicate a scalability issue of Windows 10 Pro round the many CPU cores in heavily multi-threaded workflows.”
We’ll obviously take this moment to point out that the feature of Threadripper is its capability to chew up a workload your extreme thread count. At this stage in the rooms, it’s beyond clear that Linux extracts the most impressive performance with regard to types of workloads. That’s doubtful news for your Linux community, yet it’s an eye-opener in my closet.
If each of this piqued your interest, definitely look into the entire feature over at Phoronix, and stay tuned for his follow-up results as he’s currently running another battery of tests.