Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, announced that he stopped using an Intel processor for the first time in fifteen years. You now have a computer with an AMD chip.

Linus Torvalds He stopped using an Intel processor in his main computer, giving AMD a chance to fill the position. The father of Linux commented in the announcement of the new 5.7 RC7 kernel that for the first time in fifteen years, Your desktop computer is not based on Intel technology.

“The most exciting thing of the week was that I updated my main machine and, for the first time in about 15 years, my desktop is not based on Intel. No, I have not yet switched to ARM, but now I am using an AMD Threadripper 3970x. ”

According to Torvalds, the compilations test “allmodconfig” are three times faster than they used to be. While timing is not important in this calm period – as Linus calls confinement – the engineer says he will notice a change during the next fusion window.

At first glance this would seem like a trivial message, however it is well known that AMD has taken the lead in the powerful processor segment. The arrival of the Threadripper came to change the stage for Intel, which was kept secure with its multi-core processors.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970x, the new processor from Linus Torvalds


The new processor used by Linus Torvalds is a AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970x. The 7nm chip is based on Zen 2 architecture and has 32 cores and 64 processing threads. The base frequency is 3.7 Ghz and it has a Max Boost of up to 4.5 GHz per core.

One of the advantages is that it includes a total of 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes to mount a powerful computer with multiple GPUs and NVMe devices. It also includes a combined 144MB cache and support for 512GB of four-channel DDR4 memory. All of the above with a default TDP of 280 W.

The closest competitor is he Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition. This chip includes 18 cores and 36 threads, 3.0 GHz base frequency, and 4.5 GHz Turbo Boost. Unlike the Threadripper, this processor in the Cascade Lake family has half the PCIe lanes and a 24.75 MB processor cache. The maximum amount of memory is 156 GB and it has a thermal design power of 165 W.

AMD has taken the lead for the past three years in the field of enthusiast processors. If we add to that the conventional Ryzen, the agreement with Samsung and its presence on next-generation consoles, we would say that AMD is living its best moment.

That undoubtedly benefits the end consumer, and in the case of Linus Torvalds, those Linux fans since kernel compilation time will be much less.