Threadripper is back! AMD launches Ryzen 7000 Threadripper and Threadripper PRO CPUs

Threadripper has returned, and it has arrived in both PRO and non-PRO forms

AMD’s Zen 4 core architecture is finally making its way to the High-End Desktop (HEDT) and Workstation CPU markets. AMD has officially revealed their Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPU lineups. With these new processors, AMD are moving their high-end lineups to DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and to higher core counts than ever before.

Alongside their new Ryzen Threadripper 7000 and Threadripper PRO 7000 series CPUs, AMD have also launched new TRX50 and WRX90 motherboard platforms. These new motherboards support DDR5 R-DIMMs, tonnes of PCIe 5.0 connectivity, and a vast array of I/O options

AMD already leads the HEDT market

In AMD’s eyes, they already lead the HEDT market with their existing Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 series of processors. The slide below showcases two areas where their Threadripper PRO 5995WX surpasses Intel’s Xeon w9-3495X processors. With their new Ryzen Threadripper and Threadripper PRO 7000 series processors, AMD hopes to extend this lead further.

With their latest HEDT and workstation processors, AMD plans to dominate this area of the PC market with higher core counts, increased clock speeds, and enhanced Zen 4 CPU cores.

Threadripper PRO Generational Upgrades

The headline update of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000 series of CPUs is its move from Zen 3 CPU cores to Zen 4 CPU cores. This change boosts AMD’s power efficiency, and their overall CPU performance. Next, AMD’s Threadripper PRO CPUs boost AMD’s maximum core counts to 96 cores. That’s a 50% upgrade over last-gen Threadripper CPUs. Currently, AMD’s highest-end Ryzen desktop CPU is their 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X.

Clock speeds also see a large increase with AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPUs, increasing AMD’s per-core CPU performance. For their 96-core model, total L3 cache also increases to 384MB.

Higher clock speeds and enhanced Zen 4 cores

Across AMD’s new Threadripper CPU lineup, AMD has boosted the base and boost clock speeds of their new 7000 series processors. Note that all Threadripper 7000 series CPU models can now boost past 5GHz.

AMD has also increased the TDPs of their processors this generation, suggesting that Threadripper users will need stronger CPU coolers than before.

Threadripper Pro’s generational performance leap

When compared to their last-generation Threadripper PRO CPUs, AMD has showcases a 17% to 46% performance boost when comparing each generation’s 64-core models. These performance boosts come from higher clock speeds, AMD’s Zen 4 CPU core design, and Threadripper PRO’s use of faster DDR5 memory.

More cores and Stronger Cores

When comparing their processors to Intel’s latest HEDT Xeons, AMD claims to have stronger CPU cores for lightly-threaded tasks. Additionally, AMD also claims to have and larger core counts for highly multi-threaded tasks. This gives AMD a huge performance advantage over their rival, placing Intel in a bad position.

Ryzen Threadripper VS Threadripper PRO

AMD are launching both Threadripper and Threadripper PRO CPUs this generation. Alongside them, AMD are also launching new WRX90 and TRX50 motherboard platforms. Threadripper 7000 PRO series CPUs are supported on both motherboard platforms, while non-PRO CPUs are only supported on TRX50 motherboards.

TRX50 motherboards feature fewer PCIe lanes and supports fewer memory channels than WRX90 motherboards. This difference will make TRX50 motherboards more cost effective, but less feature-rich.

Ryzen Threadripper on TRX50

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series CPUs will feature core counts of up to 64. 32-core and 24 core models will also be available. These CPUs will be available on November 21st, and both Threadripper and Threadripper PRO CPUs will be available at retailers.

Ryzen Threadripper VS Intel Xeon

Below, AMD showcases the performance of their Threadripper non-PRO 7980X processor. AMD claims 4-94% performance advantages over their nearest Intel rival, placing AMD in a very strong position.

96 cores on TRX50!

Since TRX50 motherboards support all Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000 series processors, they will support AMD’s 96-core 7995WX. While some workloads will benefit greatly from the additional DDR5 memory channels of WRX90 motherboards, TRX50 will be a great option for compute-focused users.

Performance and Power efficiency

Alongside performance advantages, AMD has also claimed to offer users lower levels of power draw than rivalling Intel systems. This means that Threadripper PRO systems should complete workloads faster, cost less to operate, and produce less heat than equivalent Xeon setups.

Please note that AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series (Pro and non-Pro) CPUs only support DDR5 R-DIMM modules. Standard DDR5 memory modules will not work with these new CPUs. AMD has decided to limited these platforms to R-DIMM modules because of their workstation and productivity focus. High-end workstations should use registered DRAM modules, and preferably use EEC modules for additional reliability.

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