Chromium Compile: Windows VC++ Compile of Chrome

A large number of AnandTech readers are software engineers, looking at how the hardware they use performs. While compiling a Linux kernel is ‘standard’ for the reviewers who often compile, our test is a little more varied – we are using the windows instructions to compile Chrome, specifically a Chrome 56 build from March 2017, as that was when we built the test. Google quite handily gives instructions on how to compile with Windows, along with a 400k file download for the repo. This is by far one of our most popular benchmarks, and is a good measure of core performance, multithreading performance, and also memory accesses.

In our test, using Google’s instructions, we use the MSVC compiler and ninja developer tools to manage the compile. As you may expect, the benchmark is variably threaded, with a mix of DRAM requirements that benefit from faster caches. Data procured in our test is the time taken for the compile, which we convert into compiles per day. The benchmark takes anywhere from an hour on a fast single high-end desktop processor to several hours on the slowest offerings.

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Prior to this test, the two CPUs battling it out for supremacy were the 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, and the 8-core i9-9900K. By adding six more cores, a lot more frequency, and two more memory channels, the Core i9-9990XE plows through this test very easily, perfoming the compile in 42 minutes and 10 seconds, and is the only processor to broach the 50 minute mark, let alone the 45 minute mark. 

The Intel Core i9-9990XE Review CPU Performance: Rendering Tests
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  • yannigr2 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    An over 300W chip that loses in so many cases from chips that cost under $500, with less than half power consumption. And Intel is $auctioning$ it. That isn't even funny. It's tragic.
  • AshlayW - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    600W for performance that's not even going to be that much over a 3950X (if at all?) Intel is a laughing stock at this point. Can't wait to see the 9900KS, and have a good laugh at the last desperate, dying twitches of the Skylake architecture.
  • 29a - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    HFT should be illegal!
  • MrSpadge - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    Why? And on which basis would you forbid it? I think the better way to deal with this is to attach a tiny tax to each transaction. So if it's really worth it, they may do it. But the government gets its share and can redistribute to something more useful.
  • RBFL - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    It has no useful purpose for society, the fact it is difficult to identify the people being harmed does not mean that harm is not taking place.

    I think making people have a 1 second relationship with a share is not unreasonable. Just because someone can do something doesn't mean we have to allow it. We have speed limits, laws against dishonesty and murder and we could just as easily have one against HFT.

    The fact that exchanges sell expensive server space to these companies for lower pings, while purportedly being the arbiters of fair play and price transparency is, of course, another big issue.
  • rahvin - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    So anything you in your all knowing capacity deem as not useful for society at large it should be illegal? Doesn't that mean gaming should be illegal?

    I've yet to meet a single one of these people that complain about HFT that actually understand how the market works, how stock trading function and what HFT even is. Most of them simply heard some talking point they regurgitate without any understanding of how the stock market even works let alone how a stock transaction works or what HFT involves.
  • shadowx360 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    It's a mix of ignorance and jealousy, that they can't be the successful ones rolling in dough, and all investing is somehow evil and taking advantage of the common worker. There are some downsides to HFT, namely increased market volatility and cascading problems where a fall in prices can trigger millions of stop losses that compound the issue, but like you said, most have zero clue.
  • RBFL - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    And that statement is based on?

    I am not jealous of an industry that has basically bought its way to success through lobbying and every time it explodes it expects the rest of us to reboot it, while mysteriously keeping the proceeds prior to the crash. An industry that gives away billions of our dollars of our money to avoid their own prosecution. Where almost no-one goes to jail after egregious lies, fraud, money laundering,....

    All investing is not evil, however many of the practices of the industry are. Lobbying against fiduciary duty for the small investor, for example. If you actually look at the share classes available you will undoubtedly see some that no-one who understood what they were being sold would ever buy. Telling people 'they are responsible for their future' while not cleaning up the industry is like throwing sheep to wolves. And no, it is not everyone's responsibility to know every evil practice in every area of life in which they are forced to deal. It is unrealistic for the well educated, let alone the average citizen. It is why we have laws, which are generally reactive rather than proactive and thus mainly address known abuses rather prospective ones.
  • Alistair - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    Nice article, except the final page. Why mention "highest ST for HEDT" and "carves through AMD like butter" etc., then you don't even make mention of any MT performance in summary. You could have said, in MT scenarios, it performs about the same as any Intel 18 or AMD 24 core server CPU or some such.
  • Alistair - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    my meaning is the summary shouldn't just be for what is awesome, but should also summarize all the results... no mention of multi threading performance on the final page at all, because it isn't special?

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