Intel Xeon vs. AMD EPYC Performance On The Linux 5.8 Kernel

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 2 October 2020 at 11:00 AM EDT. Page 5 of 5. 5 Comments.

Moving to the upcoming Linux distributions in some cases will mean slower compile times due to the newer compiler release adding more optimization passes in aiming to benefit the resulting binary performance. But in any case the AMD EPYC 7002 lineup is still offering huge advantages in this area over the Xeon Cascade Lake processors in tapping out at lower core counts.

Some of these benchmarks were also carried out in this article for delivering fresh data off newer versions of benchmarks compared to our earlier Cascade Lake and Rome articles.

Overall with 60 tests in total that were run on this round of testing with the Linux 5.8 kernel, the AMD EPYC 7002 series performance continued performing exceptionally well and very strong competition against current generation Intel Xeon Cascade Lake CPUs. Linux 5.8 has been running great throughout my testing now on dozens of boxes in recent weeks. Linux 5.8 is a great fit for the likes of Ubuntu 20.10 shipping later this month while Linux 5.9 is also around the corner with many more improvements throughout the massive codebase. Linux 5.9 has evolved to being in good shape after initially being challenged by performance regressions as we covered extensively over the past several weeks.

Stay tuned for more benchmarks in the weeks ahead looking at Ubuntu 20.04.1 vs. 20.10 performance among other autumn 2020 Linux distributions and more benchmarks forthcoming off the soon-to-be-stable Linux 5.9.

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