AMD’s lat­est hits new Linux highs

Bench­marks for the CPU in Ubuntu blow past re­sults in Win­dows.

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There’s some great news for Linux users who are con­sid­er­ing AMD’s lat­est Thread­rip­per CPUs. Bench­mark tests run by TechSpot ( http://bit. ly/LXFTechSpotBench) showed that these high-end pro­ces­sors per­formed bet­ter in the mega-task­ing tests in Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS than they did in Win­dows 10.

While the 32-core 2990WX per­formed bril­liantly in both Win­dows and Linux, the per­for­mance dif­fer­ence when us­ing Ubuntu was oc­ca­sion­ally stark. For ex­am­ple, in the Stock­fish9 test, a free and open source chess en­gine, the 2990WX saw a 23 per cent per­for­mance boost when run­ning in Linux com­pared to Win­dows. In the John­theRip­per test, which is a pass­word cracker, the in­crease was even more im­pres­sive, with it per­form­ing the tests three times faster in Linux than in Win­dows.

In al­most ev­ery test AMD’s 2990WX per­formed no­tice­ably bet­ter in Linux than in Win­dows, prov­ing that if you want to make the most out of this im­pres­sive CPU then run­ning Linux is clearly the way to go.

The tests pit­ted the 22990WX against In­tel’s 7980XE, its flag­ship 18-core pro­ces­sor. In most of the tests AMD’s chip out­per­formed the more ex­pen­sive In­tel CPU. In­ter­est­ingly, In­tel’s chip also saw im­proved per­for­mance in a num­ber of bench­marks when run in Linux. This will be in­ter­est­ing reading to peo­ple who have shelled out for these ex­pen­sive pro­ces­sors, be­cause it looks like Win­dows 10 is hold­ing back the per­for­mance po­ten­tial of some CPUs.

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