Having seen yesterday the most popular Intel Linux news in 2018, the tables have been beaten, and this article looks at the most popular AMD / Radeon news for the year at Phoronix.
This year, it was very interesting for AMD with the successful launch of the Threadripper 2 series. New Ryzen processors, EPYC processors continue to fetch markets, AMD is less affected by Specter / Meltdown vulnerabilities compared to Intel, the Radeon graphics driver stack continues to research much (finally having FreeSync is the latest feature to end the year!), Early hardware control signs for Zen 2 / Next gene EPYC, continuing znver1 compiler tuning, and much more happened in 201
Of 454 AMD Linux / open-source original news articles on Phoronix this year, including the most popular:
AMD cuts Ryzen awards, confirms new hardware, new Ryzen CPUs with Vega
While Intel announced its new CPUs with Radeon Vega M graphics, AMD had a number of announcements to get CES 2018 started with a little excitement.
NVIDIA RTX, AMD On Linux and Distro Performance Dominated Linux Discussions In October
In October, at Phoronix, there were 330 original news reports and 26 selected articles / Linux hardware reviews written by you.
For now, at least the smallest AMD processors have also been reported as "insecure"
Right now, with the great mysterious vulnerability that causes intoxication to the x86 page table isolation work landed on the Linux kernel a few days ago, It is believed to be a problem that only affects Intel CPUs. But at least for now, the main core is still running AMD processors as "insecure" and is for taking a hit.
Linux stops disabling x86 PTI for AMD processors – Update: Now disabled
While currently with the main line's Linux kernel, Git tree activates AMD processors x86 PTI and is treated as "unsafe" CPUs, The AMD update for not inserting X86_BUG_CPU_INSECURE will end up being honored.
Sony is working on AMD Ryzen LLVM Compiler enhancements – possibly for PlayStation 5
One of Son's compiler experts has taken to work on some tuning for the AMD Ryzen "znver1" microarchitecture support in the LLVM compiler stack. This asks why Sony is working on improvements in Ryzen if not for a future product.
Hygon Dhyana: Chinese x86 server CPUs based on AMD Zen
While there are VIA / Centaur-based Zhaoxin desktop CPUs targeting the Chinese market, it turns out to be another x86 Chinese CPU effort, but this time is a collaboration with AMD.
AMD PSP affected by security issue
While all eyes have been on Intel this week with Specter and Meltdown vulnerabilities, this week was released around AMD's PSP Secure Processor in a non-related security bulletin.
Seven reasons to be excited about Linux 4.17, especially for AMD / Radeon users
While Linux 4.16 comes the next few days, I'm already pretty excited about the upcoming Linux 4.17 core business and changes it wants bring.
Linux 4.17 to enable AMDGPU DC by default for all supported GPUs
Since the introduction of the AMDGPU DC display code (formerly known as DAL) in Linux 4.15, this modern display rack has just been enabled by default for newer Radeon Vega and Raven Ridge units. With Linux 4.17 that changes with AMDGPU DC, by default, the entire supported GPUs forum is enabled.
AMD Retpoline Benchmarks from FX to Threadripper & EPYC
For those curious about the performance effects of the Retpoline patches found in the latest Linux 4.15 kernel, there are some benchmarks on a selection of old and new AMD Linux systems.
AMD FreeSync 2 HDR arrives at the Linux kernel in 2019
Next year, when all the pieces in the open source puzzle for full support FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync / VRR monitors with AMD graphics cards are in place to allow non-on-box support.
AMD did not disable branch prediction with a Zen Microcode Update
With an abundance of security updates for software released in recent days in the wake of the Meltdown and Specter release, SUSE was released by the family 17h "Zen" CPU microcode update as we have not yet seen elsewhere … It claims to disable branch prerequisites but I have confirmed with AMD which is not really the case.
This chart shows how Radeon RX 580 vs GeForce GTX 1060 now competes under Linux
It was only last year that RadeonSI / RADV open source developers tried to get the Radeon RX 580 "Polaris" GPU to be competitive with the GeForce GTX 1060 as it is under Windows provided every GPU's capabilities. We've seen the RX 580 and GTX 1060 danced during Linux in recent months, and yesterday's 20-way GPU comparison with Rise of the Tomb Raider was quite significant – perhaps the most surprising was how well RX 580 performed. Heck, just one or two years ago, was seeing some official Radeon driver support on launch for new Linux game releases. So here are some comprehensive tests that look closer to the GTX 1060 vs the RX 580 match in this latest Vulcan-powered Linux game port.
AMD Zen CPU microcode added to Linux Firmware Tree, Bulldozer Updated
Ensure that the CPU microcode is kept up-to-date for Zen processors, is now a little easier when the microcode files are added to linux firmware.git collection .
A Look At Linux vs. Windows Power Use For A Ryzen 7 + Radeon RX Vega Desktop
Recently I posted a number of Linux laptop battery features, including how power consumption is compared to Windows 10. If you are curious about how These numbers are played on the desktop side, and when using AMD hardware, there are some results for your display with a Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon RX Vega 64 desktop system.
Radeon Vega 20 will have XGMI Linux patents entered for this high-speed interface
It has been expected that Vega 20 would have XGMI as a high-speed GPU interconnection option for PCI Express and it was enhanced up today thanks to a new set of AMDGPU Linux driver patches.
AMD Post Open Source Driver Patches For Vega 12
It has been a while since last heard something about the rumored "Vega 12" GPU but coming out this morning is a set of 42 patches that support this unpublished GPU in the main line Linux kernel.
AMD's Raven Ridge Botchy Linux support works worse with some motherboards / BIOS
In the launch test of the Raven Ridge desktop APUs with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, there were some stability issues to report and some hang in the game. and mode setting problems. It seems that these issues worsen with some motherboards: The last few days with two different AMD B350 motherboards has been a real pain by getting the current AMDGPU driver stack to work – and even Linux 4.17 AMDGPU WIP code – on some of these Raven Ridge APUs.
Finally, AMD rolls out new Linux patents for Adaptive-Sync / VRR (FreeSync)
While the open source AMD Radeon Linux graphics stack has gotten great shape over the last two years or so, one of The sites that left the red Linux players unsatisfactory are the lack of FreeSync support (or DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync / HDMI variable refresh rate) when using the fully-open source stack. It seems that it could soon be changed with the new set of updates being reviewed.
Linux Kernel Expectations For AMD Threadripper 2
If you've already pre-ordered your AMD Threadripper 2990WX processor or just planning to be an early customer of the high-end desktop processor or Threadripper 2950X, you may be wondering Linux requirements from these new high-end AMD CPU offers. Here is the feature of the Linux support mode of AMD Zen + CPUs for those who want to get ready for Threadripper 2.
And our most visited reviews / references:
AMD Threadripper 2990WX Linux Benchmarks: 32-Core / 64-thread Beast
Whether you collect a lot of code, rendering models with Blender, or running various scientific workloads with OpenMP or MPI, AMD Threadripper 2990WX is capable to deliver discouraging Linux performance with its 32 core and 64 total threads. While entering the $ 1800 USD, the AMD Threadripper 2990WX can deliver better performance than the more expensive Intel Core i9 7980XE. Beyond being mesmerized about performance today with this high-end desktop / workstation processor with the many wireless Linux workloads we meet daily, this 32-core Zen + processor is even more eager to see AMD's next-generation Zen2-based EPYC processors next year.
A look at Windows 10 versus Linux performance on AMD Threadripper 2990WX
In addition to the extensive Linux benchmarks that were made earlier today by AMD Threadripper 2990WX in our review (as well as on Threadripper 2950X), in this article our first Windows 10 versus Linux references of this 32-core / 64-thread $ 1799 USD processor. Tests were made from Microsoft Windows 10 against Clear Linux, Ubuntu 18.04, Arch-based Antergos 18.7-Rolling and openSUSE Tumbleweed.
POWER9 Benchmarks vs. Intel Xeon vs. AMD EPYC performance on Debian Linux
For several days, we have removed access to one of the all-new Raptor Talos II workstations powered by POWER9 processors and open source through the firmware. For the curious how these latest POWER processors compare to AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon processors, there are some benchmarks comparing against the few other systems in the house, while all the tests were done from Debian GNU / Linux.
Ryzen 5 2400G Radeon Vega Linux OpenGL / Volcano Gaming Benchmarks
Here are our first performance figures for Vega graphics found on the newly released Ryzen 5 2400G "Raven Ridge" APU under Linux and testing of both OpenGL and volcano graphics benchmarks. CPU tests as well as references of the Ryzen 3 2200G under Linux are coming on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X + Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Benchmarks
The embargo on the Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X processors has expired now that these Ryzen + CPUs are starting to deliver today. We can now talk about the Linux support and the original results for these upgraded Zen desktop CPUs.
A look at Windows vs Linux scaling performance up to 64 threads with AMD 2990WX
This week we saw on Windows 10 vs Linux performance for AMDs just launched Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and given the interest of it then ran some Windows Server benchmarks to see if the performance of this 64-thread processor would be more competitive against Linux. From these Windows vs Linux tests, there has been a lot of speculation that the performance difference is due to the fact that the Windows planner is less optimized for high-core / thread count processors, and that the NUMA awareness is less detected than the Linux kernel. To get a better idea, here are references of Windows Server 2019 preview versus Ubuntu Linux when testing varying thread / core counts for AMD Threadripper 2990WX.
AMD Ryzen 7 Performance on Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Six Linux Distributions
Our latest Windows vs. Linux benchmarking interest has seen how the AMD Ryzen 7 performance compares to the latest operating systems / Linux distributions. We recently released some Windows 10 vs Windows WSL vs. Windows Linux references, relative Specter / Meltdown reduction test on Windows vs. Linux and other references, but have mostly been made with Intel or server hardware. For the curious, today's tests were done with an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 platform.
AMD Athlon 200GE: Benchmarking $ 60 Zen + Vega Chip
At the pinnacle of the AMD desktop, the CPU 2018 spectrum is the insanely fast Threadripper 2990WX while the opposite end of that spectrum is the newly announced Athlon 200GE. For just $ 60 USD, this Zen + Vega chip we've started testing and having our first Linux performance standards today is compared to a number of lower and older desktop CPUs, as well as integrated graphics test results, power consumption data, and performance-per-dollar calculations. .
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux With Radeon / GeForce GPUs on the latest 2018 drivers
Given how hard the latest open source AMD Linux driver code now runs against NVIDIA's long-standing flagship Linux GPU driver, you can be curious how well the driver stacks up against the Radeon Software driver on Windows? Well, you're lucky, as there are some fresh standards for the Radeon RX 580 and RX Vega 64 as well as the GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 Ti while being tested both under Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS while using the latest AMD / NVIDIA drivers on each platform.
NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon Linux Gaming Performance at the beginning of 2018
Here's a new look at NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon Linux graphics card performance that we start in 2018. Testing was done using the latest Linux 4.15 The Git kernel – including the KPTI side table isolation support – as well as the use of the latest Mesa 17.4 dev driver code for RadeonSI / RADV and the NVIDIA site is their all-new 390.12 beta driver.
AMD Vega 8 Graphics performance on Linux with Ryzen 3 2200G
Yesterday I wrote up the first Ryzen 5 2400G Vega 11 Linux graphics benchmarks while you look at you, please today – as well as this morning 21 -Weight Intel / AMD CPU Linux Comparison Containing These New Raven Ridge APUs – The Completed Results are the first OpenGL and Vulkan performance figures for the Vega 8 graphics available at Ryzen 3 2200G.
NVIDIA / AMD Linux GPU Gaming Benchmarks & Performance Per-Dollar for July 2018
On a part with the GPU demand for encrypted currency miners, slightly declines, the availability of NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards at resellers has been better in recent weeks as well as seeing less inflated prices than what had recently been the case. Given the better availability and stabilizing prices, here's a new look of the current startup of the GeForce and Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu Linux using the latest AMD / NVIDIA drivers, and also provides performance per dollar metrics given the current retail price.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G + Ryzen 5 2400G Linux CPU Performance, 21-Way Intel / AMD Comparison
Yesterday I wrote some initial Linux benchmarks by Ryzen 5 2400G Raven Ridge APU when we looked The Vega 11 graphics, but for the curious about the CPU performance potential of the Ryzen 5 2400G and its $ 100 Ryzen 3 2200G siblings, are our first CPU benchmarks for these long-awaited AMD APUs. These two current Raven Ridge desktop APUs are compared to a total of 21 different Intel and AMD processors that return to older Kaveri APUs and FX processors and the Ivy Bridge on the Intel page.
Raptor Talos II POWER9 Benchmarks Against AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9
For those curious about the performance of IBM's POWER9 processors against today's current AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9 HEDT processors, there are some interesting references like We begin to look more closely at the POWER9 performance of Raptor Talos II's secure workstation with full transparency. This open source secure system came to Linux testing with dual 22-core POWER9 CPUs to provide 176 total threads.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 / Ryzen 7 2700 Benchmarker on Linux, 9-way Ubuntu CPU comparison
Last month, we delivered launch day Linux benchmarks by Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X for these new "Zen + "processors while we recently received non-X Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 processors for Linux testing as well. In this article, there are references to these new AMD Ryzen processors, as well as other Intel / AMD processors to deliver a new nine-way Linux distribution comparison using the latest software components.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X: Windows 10 versus Linux Performance
Recently, there have been several Linux distribution benchmark comparisons on Phoronix to test the latest Linux OS releases, including more comparing with today's Microsoft Windows 10 performance. These recent tests have all been done with various Intel CPUs, but for those who are curious about AMD Windows vs Linux performance, there are some fresh goals we are approaching in late July.
Radeon GPUs constantly compete with NVIDIA GPUs on latest RadeonSI / RADV drivers
As it has been a few weeks since last, a modest Linux GPU comparison and given the ever-evolving state of the Linux kernel delivered Git tree as well as the Mesa project that includes RadeonSI OpenGL and RADV Vulkan drivers, our latest benchmarks are the current state of the AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver performance over NVIDIA's long-lasting and high-performance, yet proprietary, multi-graphics card driver.
36-way comparison of Amazon EC2 / Google Compute Engine / Microsoft Azure Cloud Instances vs. Intel / AMD CPUs
Earlier this week, I delivered a number of benchmarks that compared Amazon EC2 instances with just metal Intel / AMD systems. Because of its interest, here is a wider selection of cloud-type types from the leading public clouds to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.
The current Linux performance of 22 Intel / AMD desktop systems
For your Linux reference viewing pleasure today, test results from twenty-four distinct Intel / AMD systems are when running a recent performance-optimized Clear Linux release distribution and hardware ranging from old AMD FX and Intel Core i3 Haswell processors up through the Core i9 and Threadripper processors in high end.
Windows Server 2019 vs Linux vs. FreeBSD performance on a 2P EPYC server
When Microsoft rolled out its Windows October 10, 2018 update, they also launched Windows Server 2019. Now I'm finally over it slower the holiday season is caught up in benchmarking Windows Server 2019. For this first benchmark comparison, there is a look at the Microsoft Windows Server 2019 performance against a handful of Linux distributions, as well as FreeBSD 12.0 to see how this latest Windows Server performance compares to a dual AMD EPYC 7601 server.