FreeBSD & DragonFlyBSD Put Up A Strong Fight On AMD's Threadripper 2990WX, Benchmarks Against Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 23 August 2018. Page 5 of 5. 17 Comments

The Linux distributions were outperforming FreeBSD and DragonFlyBSD with 7-Zip compression performance. (7-Zip was failing to build with Clang.)

Interestingly, FreeBSD and DragonFlyBSD with GCC were outperforming Ubuntu/CentOS/openSUSE in FFmpeg video conversion performance.

While for the last of today's BSD vs. Linux benchmarking on the Threadripper 2990WX, the Linux distributions came out slightly ahead of FreeBSD and DragonFlyBSD with GCC (another test having issues with Clang 6.0 on the BSDs).

Overall, I was quite taken away by the BSD performance on the Threadripper 2990WX -- particularly FreeBSD. In a surprising number of benchmarks, the BSDs were outperforming the tested Linux distributions though often by incredibly thin margins. Still, quite an accomplishment for these BSD operating systems and considering how much better Linux is already doing than Windows 10 / Windows Server on this 32-core / 64-thread processor. Then again, the BSDs like Linux have a long history of running on high core/thread-count systems, super computers, and other HPC environments.

It will be interesting to see how much faster DragonFlyBSD can run given today's commit to its kernel with scheduler and topology improvements for the 2990WX. Those additional DragonFlyBSD benchmarks will be published in the coming days once they are completed. Lastly, if you appreciate all of my BSD/Linux benchmarking especially the many recent Threadripper tests, consider showing your support by joining Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip.

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