Linus Torvalds, creator and main maintainer of the Linux kernel, has announced a new version of the free system kernel (kernel 5.7 RC7), although the most interesting news is not related to this update.
It turns out that the creator of the Linux kernel has released PC and comes with news. “For the first time in about 15 years, my desktop is not intel based“, writes. The new machine is not just anyone, as it is based on a Threadripper 3970X processor, a beast with 32 cores and 64 native processing threads.
“My ‘allmodconfig’ test builds are now three times faster than they used to be, which doesn’t matter much at this point during the confinement period, but I will definitely notice the update,” he explains, still insisting (as he has previously). ) that you would like to use ARM equipment in the future.
Linus Torvalds’ Use of AMD Hardware is more than just an anecdote keeping in mind what this software engineer stands for. The announcement comes after another Linux guru, the head of Linus Tech Tips, also recently switched to AMD (despite his declared love for Intel).
The truth is that AMD has been doing well lately and has grown in all three major x86 processor segments: desktop, laptop and server. The latest revenue data is not record-breaking and not close to Intel’s, but it has six consecutive quarters gaining market share, It has recovered the “green” in profits, it has lowered the main debt and it has increased the cash flow.
The success of Ryzen and Zen architecture has been a turning point for AMD and the best we can say is that AMD is very much alive and seems to have overcome the worst moments in recent years. As we always say, for the consumer it is important, understanding that alternatives in processors and graphics to Intel and NVIDIA are necessary.
As for the Linus Torvalds PC, that Threadripper 3970X ensures power for any task. It uses the Zen 2 architecture, is manufactured in 7nm technological processes and mounts on the new TRX40 motherboards. It has 32 cores and 64 threads of processing and 144 Mbytes of cache. Although its consumption is brutal (280 watt TDP), Intel has little response to them even with Core Xs that reach up to 18 cores. The fact that the creator of the Linux kernel opts for this type of machine is a confirmation of the improved position of AMD.