Benchmarks: Windows

For both systems, we installed Windows: Windows 10 Pro on the small 8-core Dhyana system, and Windows 10 Enterprise on the big dual 32-core Dhyana Plus server. With AVX/AVX2 not working properly, our range of testing was limited. As mentioned previously, some software didn’t even want to run on one system or the other, such as CPU-Z on the server.

Corona 1.3 Renderer

PoV-Ray 3.7.1

Agisoft Photoscan 1.3.3: 2D to 3D Image Conversion

3D Particle Movement v2.1 (non-AVX)

AppTimer: GIMP 2.10.4

AES Encoding

Geekbench v4 Crypto (Single Thread)

From the numbers we can see that our 8-core Dhyana processor falls somewhere between the 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X and the 8-core Ryzen 6 1800X, due to clock speeds, but on particular tests it gets hammered by even the Athlon 200GE. The dual 32-core Dhyana Plus server seems to be in all sorts of a mess, often beaten by the Ryzen 7 1800X, or can now be easily beaten by the Ryzen 9 3950X. The one benchmark where it did really well was Corona – a memory/NUMA agnostic integer based renderer – it seems like a match made in heaven.

Hygon CPUs: Chinese Crypto, Different Performance Conclusions


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  • ingwe - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    Interesting and cool that you were able to test it! This is definitely one of the reasons why I come to anandtech. Reply
  • sandtitz - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    "if you find anything out, we may confirm it"

    Ian, did you ask AMD for confirmation then?
  • romrunning - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    I'm sure Marvel regrets selling rights to the X-Men & Spiderman to the various studios for the cash infusion. I wonder if AMD will similarly regret this, when more cash & resources come from "outside" sources to THATIC & the Hygon CPUs significantly improves over their initial Zen "licensing" deal. Reply
  • ArcadeEngineer - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    How? The IP they got is for a GloFo manufacturing process, and GloFo are no longer able to deal with them. These weren't being produced in China, at least at the die level. Reply
  • romrunning - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    I was thinking if Hygon begins to improve and then eclipses AMD's own Ryzen/EPYC CPUs. Basically, you may have enabled a future competitor to jump over years/decades of in-house design with an initial starting design that would has a lot of advancements from the beginning. I'm sure it would still take years, but you would think that having one main competitor (Intel) is better than having 3-4. Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    Possible but very unlikely. Especially seeing who this IP went to and there lack of innovation and creativity. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    I am sure there is some pretty specific text in the agreement that very much limits what Hygon can and cannot do with the design. Reply
  • Holliday75 - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    Yeah its not like China is known for IP theft and producing counterfeit products the world over. Reply
  • Retycint - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    This is the x86 IP we're talking about here, and I wager this agreement is going to be taken a lot more seriously than some random startup's patent Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, March 1, 2020 - link

    @Retycint - Explain to me how you sue a Chinese company in the USA...should they fall foul of any 'agreements'. Remember the copied X5? I saw one with my own eyes - and have owned one - it was dead on copy. BMW lost that one in a Chinese court. Reply

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