AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Offers Incredible Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 7 February 2020. Page 8 of 8. 71 Comments

The Threadripper 3990X was able to build the Linux 5.4 kernel in just 22 seconds! With some tuning of storage so it's no longer the bottleneck (or building from RAM), we can perhaps see it break 20 seconds... More testing as time allows.

The Threadripper 3990X can also compile LLVM in less than two minutes! The Threadripper 3990X can really make a great software development workstation for those compiling a lot of large code-bases.

When taking the geometric mean of the benchmarks for this article today, The Threadripper 3990X came out overall 26% faster than the dual Xeon Platinum 8280, which is a very nice accomplishment since such a configuration currently retails for $20,000 USD worth of processors alone. For those doing serious content creation work like Blender or other CPU-based renderers/modeling, engaging in heavy multi-threaded workloads that aren't memory intensive (where instead you'd be better off with the EPYC 7002 CPUs with eight-channel memory), or code compilation of large software projects, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is a mighty impressive competitor.

That rounds up my initial launch day Linux performance metrics for what I've been able to test with the Threadripper 3990X over the past two days with many more tests are forthcoming. Thanks go out to System76 for providing the Thelio Major with 3990X and more on that very interesting Linux workstation is coming up as well but in the mean time you can visit for more details on their line-up of Threadripper Linux PCs.

For those wanting to compare your own system's performance to these results, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 2002079-VE-AMD3990XR16.

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