Some Early AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Linux Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 25 August 2017. Page 2 of 2. 55 Comments

For getting some quick numbers of the Threadripper 1950X on Linux out there today, I ran a comparison run to the numbers featured in the recent dual Intel Xeon Gold 6138 Tyan server, which featured various Core and Xeon CPUs. Next week's full review will feature a larger assortment of Intel and AMD desktop CPUs. Early tests were done with the Threadripper 1950X at stock frequencies, the Gigabyte X399 AORUS Gaming 7 motherboard, 4 x 8GB DDR4-3200 memory, Samsung 950 PRO 256GB NVMe SSD, and running Ubuntu 17.04 with the Linux 4.10 kernel.

While costing the same as the Intel Core i9 7900X, in many heavily threaded workloads the Threadripper 1950X is indeed much faster than the Core i9.

Though in some workloads, the Core i9 7900X will still occasionally pull ahead, particularly in cases where the application/benchmark doesn't benefit as much from parallel processing or relies a lot on AVX optimizations.

Overall though the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is very encouraging under Linux and I look forward to hammering it with many benchmarks throughout the weekend and into next week before sharing more results and other metrics.

As already shared on Twitter, it's possible to get around a 36 second Linux kernel build. If you want to compare your own Linux system's performance to some other early numbers of this 1950X setup, it's very easy once installing the Phoronix Test Suite to carry out your own fully-automated, side-by-side performance comparison to some different result sets. Run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1708253-TY-THREADRIP35 for some Parboil and Rodinia OpenMP workloads, phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1708251-TY-THREADRIP89 for some compilation workloads, or phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1708257-TY-THREADRIP83 for some Stream / HPC Challenge / HPCG numbers.

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