The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series is breaking all records. Since its release, it has been setting new benchmarks in various software and operating systems. In the ongoing battle between Ubuntu with Linux and Windows, the AMD Threadripper PRO 7995WX with Zen 4 architecture and 96 cores has shown to offer a 20% performance boost with Ubuntu compared to Windows 11.
The High-End Desktop (HEDT) segment has experienced an impressive jump in core count within workstation systems. The HP Z6 G5 A, one of the first widely available systems on the market, represents the best of the best for professional hardware. As we will see, the choice of operating system makes a significant difference.
When comparing the performance of Ubuntu and Windows 11 on Threadripper 7000 systems, the results indicate that Microsoft needs to step up its game. AMD’s progress in this sector is forcing reactions from both Intel and Microsoft. With high core counts, Ubuntu and Linux, in general, perform better than Windows, which has been demonstrated through various Threadripper systems.
The HP system features the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX, 8 R-DIMM DDR5-5200 with 16GB (128 GB in total), a Samsung MZVL21T0HCLR-00BH1 NVMe SSD, and an RTX A4000 with 16 GB of VRAM. The operating systems used are Windows 11 Pro Build 22631 (H2’23) and Ubuntu 23.10 with the latest stable updates.
Microsoft needs to change its approach to Windows if it wants to compete effectively. The range of data is extensive, but in general, it can be stated that Ubuntu is on average 19.5% faster than Windows 11. While Microsoft achieves victories in certain specific software, the overall metrics reveal this general trend.
The reasons for Ubuntu’s victory over Windows 11 are quite simple. Firstly, the Linux Kernel scheduler outperforms the Windows scheduler, especially with the Threadripper 7000 series. This advantage is closely tied to the high-performance computing (HPC) sector, where Linux dominates due to its better adaptation to high core counts as seen in servers. Given the trend towards higher core counts in the processor industry by 2025, Microsoft should pay more attention to its scheduler in Windows 12 and integrate better thread allocation for both Performance (P-Core) and Efficiency (E-Core) tasks. It currently faces issues even with Intel Thread Director.
The question remains whether Microsoft can catch up to Linux in this critical aspect of catering to sectors that now require more cores than before. This is a significant challenge for the company, and the coming year will reveal its initial outcomes.
In conclusion, Ubuntu outperforms Windows 11 with a 20% performance increase on the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 with 96 cores. This further highlights the need for Microsoft to make improvements to stay competitive in the market.