AMD’s monster 32-core Threadripper 2990WX CPU released this week to mostly positive reviews alongside a touch of criticism. When pitted against its closest Intel rival — the Core i9 7980 XE — it offers mostly superior performance and a clear value proposition, especially when tapping software that thrives on high core and thread counts. There’s no question it stands as the world’s fastest CPU.
But in several use-cases it’s even faster if you’re using it with Linux.
Threadripper 2990WXForbes / Antony Leather
Phoronix has published a fascinating suite of benchmark results for AMD’s Threadripper 2990WX that pit Windows 10 Pro against a handful of Linux distributions like Ubuntu and openSUSE. In almost every single test, Linux emerges as the winner. All of their CPU-intensive tests are compatible across Windows, Linux and MacOS and the same system was used with identical hardware settings.
7-Zip compression test using Threadripper 2990WXWith permission from Phoronix
The most extreme case shows all four flavors of Linux downright embarrassing Windows in a 7-Zip compression test (above), performing the task about twice as fast compared to Windows 10 Pro.
Ok, so creative professionals may not base their $1800 CPU purchase (or their OS choice) on the merits of file compression speed. This isn’t to say it’s not a damning result. Let’s look at something more important, along the lines of 3D graphics pipelines with Blender.
This Blender benchmark (and the others) show Linux far ahead of Windows 10 ProWith permission from Phoronix