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.

Compile Chromium (Rate)

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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  • euler007 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    And exotic sports car aren't real products because they don't make millions of them.
  • nandnandnand - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    Do they auction them off?

    If you want high single thread performance from Intel, grab a quad-core.
  • rrinker - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    IN a way - they absolutely do. You get 'invited' to by one of those limited production supercars, you don't just walk into a dealer and say here's my 2.5 million. You earn the invitation based on how many other cars by that manufacturer you already own. Want a 1 of 250 Ferrari supercar? If you don;t own any other Ferraris, good luck, even if you have plenty of money to pay for it.
  • 29a - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    Everything is for sale it doesn't matter how many Ferraris you have it matters how many $100 bills you have.
  • vladx - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    There are cars you simply can't buy no matter how much money you have, unless you're part of an exclusive club.
  • 29a - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    No there aren't, everything is for sale, you just don't have enough money.
  • shadowx360 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    No, speaking as someone that has walked into a Ferrari dealer with someone trying to buy a Ferrari, the other poster is absolutely right. You cannot walk into a Ferrari dealer and pick up a limited model no matter how many dollar bills you have. Even for something like a 488GTB, you will be waiting years unless you buy every option on the car and lease a crappy model like a California to move up in the queue. You can buy used ones in cash but with Ferrari, they rather protect their brand than cater to new money.
  • 29a - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    You didn't have enough money.
  • abufrejoval - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    With *enough* money, you can buy Ferrari and make them sell it, too.
    It's tautological.
    Good thing, though: By they time someone controls that amount of money, they'd see the futility.
  • arashi - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    With enough money you can just buy Ferrari. Everything that has a price tag can be had, just depends on the depth of the wallet.

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