FreeBSD 12.1 Runs Refreshingly Well With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X - Benchmarks Against Windows + Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 2 December 2019. Page 4 of 4. 27 Comments

FreeBSD 12.1 continued with a strong showing on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X system.

The Python benchmark was quite slower on FreeBSD than Linux or even Windows, which is something we have also seen on other systems.

Using Git on FreeBSD is just as fast as on Linux when dealing with large repositories.

When taking the geometric mean of the benchmarks successfully ran across Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD, the FreeBSD 12.1 performance was quite admiral especially considering AMD doesn't invest too much into FreeBSD. The FreeBSD 12.1 performance was on-par with the Linux distributions tested for these particular test cases. Switching from the default Clang 8.0.1 code compiler to GCC 9.2 did help the performance in many instances but overall Clang 8.0.1 performed decent especially now that there is OpenMP support in the FreeBSD base package set. Overall, it was quite refreshing to run FreeBSD 12.1 on Threadripper 3970X that there weren't any hardware compatibility issues encountered and the performance remained quite good out of this AMD 32-core / 64-thread processor. If you missed it from last week, see our Threadripper 3970X Windows vs. Linux benchmarks for more benchmarks between those competing operating systems.

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