AMD is not content to rest on its laurels in the consumer PC and server sector, but is pushing for the workstation market that was once dominated by Intel. AMD has launched a brand new line of 7nm process workstation CPUs called the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 series.
The new Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000 series is aimed directly at workstation users and can compete with the Intel Xeon-W series. From September, four different models from OEM partners are expected at the upcoming workstations.
Probably the fastest workstation platform in the world, the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 range doubles the number of cores / threads, the PCIe lanes and the 8-channel memory support of the Intel workstation range. AMD also packs its PRO technologies, first introduced with the Ryzen 4000 PRO series, namely AMD Secure Processor, AMD Memory Guard and integrated management functions. AMD also announced that it is working hand in hand with over 60 independent software vendors to upgrade their workstation software to the new Threadripper PRO chips.
With regard to the core design, the Ryzen Threadripper PRO family borrows its nomenclature from the Threadripper chips and certain facets of its architecture and at the same time uses the EPYC server range, in particular with regard to PCIe and memory capacity. Features include PCIe Gen 4 support, 128 PCIe Gen 4 lanes, 8-channel DDR 4 memory support at 3200 MHz, and support for up to 2 TB of memory.
At the top of the new family is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX. It has 64 cores, 128 threads, 2.7 GHz base clock rate, 4.2 GHz boost clock rate, 288 MB L2 + L3 cache, 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 280 W TDP and up to 2 TB memory.
We have the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX with 32 cores, 64 threads, 3.5 GHz base clock rate, 4.2 GHz boost clock rate, 144 MB L2 + L3 cache, 128 PCIe lanes, 280 W TDP and Support for up to 2 TB of storage.
Next up is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX. This model has 16 cores, 32 threads, a base clock speed of 3.9 GHz, a boost clock speed of 4.3 GHz, a L2 + L3 cache of 72 MB, 128 PCIe lanes, 280 W TDP and support for up to to 2 TB of storage.
The latest workstation family from AMD is rounded off by the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX with 12 cores, 24 threads, 4.0 GHz base clock rate, 4.3 GHz boost clock, 70 MB L2 + L3 cache, 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 280 W TDP and max. 2 TB storage support.
According to test results published by AMD, the PRO family outperforms Intel’s Cascade Lake Xeon models on both the CPU and GPU fronts, although Intel has a higher clock speed. Benchmarks indicate 12% higher single-thread performance and 28% higher multi-thread performance.
The Lenovo ThinkStation P620 is one of the first workstations to implement the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO chips. It has a Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX and 1 TB DDR4-3200 MHz memory, support for up to two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 or four RTX 4000 graphics cards and up to 20 TB memory.
There is still no word on Lenovo pricing. We may announce several other OEMs in the coming months with Threadripper PRO CPUs to give an idea of what these workstations will cost. AMD has pledged to work with OEM, integrator and channel partners to ensure that the PRO 3000 series workstations continue to be offered at competitive prices.
These processors are not really aimed at typical or even enthusiastic consumers, but at different workstation contexts. These are the types of processors used in certain professional environments, server backends, and in educational and research contexts. In our manual you will find the best processors for games. Perhaps in the not too distant future we will see consumer-level chips that may meet some of these specifications.