Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance On The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 29 November 2019. Page 10 of 10. 21 Comments
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks

Of 82 benchmarks that ended up being run on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X system, Windows 10 won less than 20% of the time. Recording the most first place finishes was Intel's own Clear Linux coming out in front 30% of the time followed by CentOS 8 at recording 26% of the wins. Fedora Workstation 31, openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Ubuntu 19.10 recorded less first place finishes than Windows. The complete data set is available via

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks

Windows 10 did come in last place 55% of the time while coming in last place second most often was Ubuntu 19.10 at 25%. The other four Linux distributions all came in last less than 8% of the time each.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks

While Windows 10 did come in last place most often and only came in first less than 20% of the time, overall, its performance wasn't too far behind the Linux distributions. When looking at the geometric mean of the 82 benchmarks, it comes in just behind CentOS 8 and Ubuntu 19.10. Ubuntu 19.10 as the slowest Linux distribution tested was just 2.5% faster than Windows 10. Meanwhile Intel's Clear Linux as the fastest Linux OS tbenchmarked was 10% faster than Windows 10 November 2019 Update with these diverse benchmarks carried out on the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X platform. This spread between Windows 10 and Linux isn't as large as we've seen in past comparisons like with the Threadripper 2990WX, thanks to both hardware architectural advancements as well as Microsoft's improvements to Windows 10 paired with the latest AMD chipset drivers. Additional Windows 10 vs. Linux HEDT benchmarks for further analysis will be up on Phoronix in December.

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