Threadripper Pro, AMD CPUs invade the retail market

Threadripper Pro, AMD CPUs invade the retail market

Threadripper Pro

AMD announced that Threadripper Pro desktop processors, which go up to 64 cores and 128 threads with the flagship Threadripper Pro 3995WX model, are now available worldwide on the retail market. Previously, the chips were only inserted into Lenovo's ThinkStation P620 workstations, but finally both the CPUs and related WRX80 motherboards are now available for purchase separately. Other third-party workstation manufacturers, such as Velocity Micro and Boxx, have now also updated their products with the new processors. Threadripper Pro CPUs had already been spotted at some retailers in January and AMD had previously shared official pricing for the entire line, which you can find in the table below.

MSRP / RCP Cores / Threads Base / Boost (GHz) L3 Cache (MB) PCIe DRAM TDP Threadripper Pro 3995WX $ 5,489 64/128 2.7 / 4.2 256 128 Gen 4 Eight-Channel DDR4-3200 280W Threadripper Pro 3975WX $ 2,749 32/64 3.5 / 4.2 128 128 Gen 4 Eight-Channel DDR4-3200 280W Threadripper Pro 3955WX $ 1,149 16/32 3.9 / 4.3 64 128 Gen 4 Eight-Channel DDR4-3200 280W Surprisingly, US retailer Newegg is offering the Threadripper Pro 3995WX, 3975WX and 3955WX at the suggested retail price, although this may not be the case. last a long time due to continuous chip shortages. Recall that Threadripper Pro processors support up to 64 cores, 128 threads and up to 2TB of memory distributed over eight channels, not to mention 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes. This is a definite step up from standard Threadripper models, which offer four memory channels and 72 PCIe 4.0 lanes.

Credit: Newegg To make the most of these products you will need a WRX80 motherboard, such as the ASUS Pro WS Sage SE, which comes with seven PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and eight memory slots. The board is also equipped with a 16-phase power subsystem, supports RDIMMs and has a BMC chip for remote management. Gigabyte is also preparing to launch its WRX80-SU8, a massive motherboard with seven PCIe slots, BMC capabilities, two 10GbE ports, two GbE ports and a 7.1-channel audio system.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro: Retail Offering Starts Today

Today AMD is officially going to start offering its Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors at retail, effectively ending the exclusivity deal with Lenovo on the product line. To date, Lenovo is the only company to have offered Threadripper Pro in the Thinkstation P620 platform. In the past few months, beginning with the CES trade show, we have seen three motherboard manufacturers showcase models of compatible motherboards for the retail market, and today is supposed to be the day that systems with those motherboards can be purchased.

At the launch of the Threadripper Pro platform, AMD advertised four different models from 12 cores up to 64 cores, built upon its Zen 2 architecture and mirroring the Threadripper 3000 family of hardware. The Pro element is an upgrade, giving the processor eight memory channels rather than four, support for 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, support for up to 2 TB of ECC memory per CPU, and Pro-level admin tools. In essence, sometimes it is easier to think of Threadripper Pro more as ‘Workstation EPYC’, as these new processors are aimed at the traditional workstation crowd.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper ProAnandTechCoresBaseFreqTurboFreqPCIe4.0L3CacheDDRCapPriceSEP3995WX64 / 12827004200128256 MB2 TB$54903975WX32 / 6435004200128128 MB2 TB$27503955WX16 / 323900430012864 MB2 TB$11503945WX12 / 244000430012864 MB2 TB**Special OEM modelTR3990X64 / 1282900430064256 MB256 GB$3990EPYC7702P64 / 12820003350128256 MB4 TB$4425

Out of the four processors, only three are being made at retail – that final 12-core processor is going to remain for specific OEM projects only. Pricing for these units is also being announced today, with the 64-core model sitting at $5490, the 32-core model at $2750, and the 16-core model at $1150.

These prices are larger than the equivalent Threadripper processors by up to 40%, despite our benchmarks showing the difference between the 64-core parts actually around 3% on average. This is because of all the extra features that Threadripper Pro brings to the table.

Motherboards from three manufacturers will be made available: the Supermicro M12SWA-TF, the GIGABYTE WRX80-SU8-IPMI, and the ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WiFi. Prices for these motherboards are currently unknown, however we did have a short hands on with the ASUS motherboard which you can find in the link below.

We have already reviewed both the Threadripper Pro 3995WX and the Lenovo ThinkStation P620, which you can find here:

Exactly where and when these CPUs will start at the usual retail places is unclear - we do know that system integrators have been developing configurations with the hardware for several weeks now, so we might see these parts first hit the pre-built area before going fully retail.

We are hoping to get review units for the other CPUs in later this month, along with a few of these motherboards.

Update 1: Scan in the UK is currently selling the 64-core (£5000) and 32-core (£2500), with the 16-core (£1050) on preorder. They also have the ASUS motherboard for sale for £890.

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