Windows vs. Linux Scaling Performance From 16 To 128 Threads With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 14 February 2020. Page 6 of 6. 23 Comments

For the last of the tests in this AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Linux vs. Windows comparison was the Appleseed production rendering package. Like Blender and the other renderers tested, Linux was offering measurably better performance than Windows. Windows 10 Enterprise for this renderer was also performing much better than Windows 10 Professional up until hitting 128 threads.

Lastly is a look at the geometric mean for all of the Windows 10 Enterprise/Professional vs. Linux benchmarks carried out for this article. From all of these benchmarks, the geometric mean does show that the Windows 10 Enterprise does perform better than Windows 10 Professional on this HEDT processor particularly at 32 cores and above. Going from 16 to 128 threads on Clear Linux was 3.3x the performance with the tested software to Windows 10 Enterprise at 2.7x. At 16 cores, Linux was just 7% faster than Windows 10 Enterprise with these benchmarks but when taking full advantage of the chip at 64 cores + SMT, Linux was 29% faster. Going from 64 to 128 threads with SMT on Linux led to a 15% boost while Windows 10 Enterprise saw just a 7% boost overall. So, yes, for those wishing to take full advantage of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, so far Linux is offering much better performance assuming your software is natively supported outside of Windows.

Coming up next I will be looking at the FreeBSD / DragonFlyBSD performance on the Threadripper 3990X. If you enjoy my daily Linux/open-source benchmarking consider showing your support this Valentine's weekend, making a PayPal tip, or at the very least to not be using an ad-blocker while browsing this site. Thanks again to System76 for supplying the Thelio Major with Threadripper 3990X that we have been using for all of this testing.

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