AMD Releases Four ThreadRipper PRO Workstation Processors
What Has 128 PCIe lanes, A 280W TDP, 8 Channel ECC DIMMs And Can’t Be Purchased Separately?
If you find EPYC doesn’t have high enough frequencies for you and ThreadRipper doesn’t have enough PCIe lanes nor ECC support then take a look at ThreadRipper PRO. The 3995WX, 3975WX, 3955WX, and 3945WX from AMD combine the best features from both families of chips to create an impressive workstation class processor. There is one small downside to this launch however; these chips are OEM only. Unless you have a contact, at this time you will only be able to get your hands on any of these four processors is to buy a full system.
As you can see in the chart above, the specs are more than impressive and offer significantly more cores and PCIe lanes than anything else on the market, all of them with boost clocks above 4GHz. There is also some serious EPYC DNA in these processors, unlike the non-PRO ThreadRippers these feature AMD Secure Processor and Memory technologies which ensure even the data on your DIMMs benefits from encryption to mitigate numerous vulnerabilities we are all too familiar with.
The new chips can address up to 2TB of DDR4, which might almost be enough to satisfy Chrome and the total cache onboard the chips is incredible. Compared to the competition these processors do offer a compelling reason to move off of the current generations of Xeon, although as ServeTheHome points out there are Xeon models which can support higher memory pools.
AMD’s internal testing was done against a pair of Xeon 8280s, with the ThreadRipper PRO 3995WX offering better performance across the board. As will all other PR decks, the results are interesting to look at but we reserve judgment until we can test in real life. If you are pondering why one might consider an EPYC over these new chips, there is the fact that the TR PRO is only available in single socket designs, if you need the density of a dual socket system your best choice remains EPYC.
As we mentioned previously, you will only find these chips in existing systems, of which Lenovo is currently the sole source but that seems to be temporary as are more in the pipeline. This does make it hard to communicate what the price of a TR PRO would be if you are interested, you will have to configure a system build to get a better idea. It will be expensive, of that we can be sure.
If these are a little rich for your blood, you could go GPU shopping instead and if you are, AMD is currently giving away a copy of Godfall with the purchase of a Radeon RX 5500 or RX 5500 XT, as well as many laptops and desktops with those GPUs inside. If you are looking for a RX 5700 or RX 5600, grab Godfall as well as World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.
If you grab the new Ryzen 7 3900XT or 3800XT you can score a copy of Assassins Creed:Valhalla while supplies last.