The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro is making its highly anticipated debut into the workstation processor market.
Banking on its revolutionary Zen architecture, the AMD Ryzen series is taking the processor market by storm. Following its successful release on the enterprise mobile market, AMD is once again setting its target.
Intel has dominated the workstation segment of the market for decades. The Intel Xeon platform has been the undisputed leader in this particular market. With the new Threadripper Pro family of processors, AMD is hoping to challenge the current leader.
A complete platform
AMD is bringing in its big guns to the fore. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro is debuting alongside a more than 60 software partners, and OEM Lenovo. This is to make sure that the customers will have access to a complete platform.
The new processors are branded as desktop Ryzen Threadripper processors. However, a closer inspection will reveal that they are much more related to the new AMD Epyc server processors. This is not exactly a bad thing since their main applications will most probably be high-end computing.
.@AMDRyzen keeps delivering! Today, we launch #Threadripper PRO. This is the perfect processor for the most demanding workloads, from creating #VFX to working w/huge #datasets. And w/@Lenovo, we are launching the world’s 1st 64 core PRO workstation system, the #ThinkStationP620. pic.twitter.com/rZ3cKxQ7MF
— Rick Bergman (@RickBergman) July 14, 2020
On top of the list is the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX. It has 64 CPU cores and 128 threads, two for each core. The processor has a base clock of 2.7GHz and a boost clock of up to 4.2GHz.
The Ryzen 3995WX has 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 288MB cache. Complimenting this high-end processor is support for up to 2TB of DDR3 3200MHz memory distributed across eight channels.
All the other processors in the family are trimmed down version of the Ryzen 3995WX. The rest either has lower core and thread counts, or slower processor speeds. All processors in this lineup have a TDP of 280W, and all support socket compatibility.
A long lineup of partners
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro is debuting with a long list of partners. This particular series of processors are expected to be an OEM only product. For a long time now, AMD has been working closely with Lenovo for most of its third-party hardware.
Since this is an OEM product, interested customers will have to contact Lenovo if they want to obtain hardware. As of this writing, Lenovo has the P620 ThinkStation, which is highly customizable. The P620 ThinkStation can be configured to offer up to 1TB of memory and two RTX 8000 graphics cards.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro series will go head-to-head against some of Intel’s top processors. Among which are the Xeon W-3200 and the Xeon W-2200 series.
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