- Jun 1, 2017
It's not ironic but a consequence of most Linux distributions aiming for the largest possible install base. We are slowly seeing support for 32bit i386 to i586 targets being reduced. Most common is still the now decade old 64bit i686 target. Everything newer, including any AVX support, is locked behind targets like "haswell" so usual Linux distributions (including all its software unless specifically compiled with other targets) don't profit of them. Intel started Clear Linux specifically to showcase how much performance common distributions are leaving lying dormant that way, so of course newer AMD chips are profiting of them as well.Ironically though, Clear Linux still runs AMD stupid fast even with Intel's shenanigans.