AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro: Retail Offering Starts Todayby Dr. Ian Cutress on March 2, 2021 9:30 AM EST
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 Pro|
|3995WX||64 / 128||2700||4200||128||256 MB||2 TB||$5490|
|3975WX||32 / 64||3500||4200||128||128 MB||2 TB||$2750|
|3955WX||16 / 32||3900||4300||128||64 MB||2 TB||$1150|
|3945WX||12 / 24||4000||4300||128||64 MB||2 TB||*|
|*Special OEM model|
|64 / 128||2900||4300||64||256 MB||256 GB||$3990|
|64 / 128||2000||3350||128||256 MB||4 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.
- AMD Opens Up Threadripper Pro: Three New WRX80 Motherboards
- Hands-On with the ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WiFi
We have already reviewed both the Threadripper Pro 3995WX and the Lenovo ThinkStation P620, which you can find here:
- 64 Cores of Rendering Madness: The AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX Review
- Lenovo ThinkStation P620 Review: A Vehicle for Threadripper Pro
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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Cooperdale - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkWhat about Windows support for 64/128? Are at least Enterprise versions supporting this now?
MenhirMike - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkIt's been supported since Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. There are some concerns around Windows creating two processor groups of 64 CPUs each, and there was some discussion about the Windows 10 Enterprise scheduler having better support than Windows 10 Pro, but both work just fine. As always: Benchmark your use case. It's a significant investment, so test it thoroughly and if it doesn't meet your performance requirements, return it.
MenhirMike - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkAnandtech actually went over this: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15483/amd-threadrip... - in some cases, Win 10 Pro is better, in others Enterprise was better, and that article was written a year ago, during which Microsoft did make several scheduler changes.
As said: It works just fine on either Pro or Enterprise, benchmark your specific use case.
domih - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkI'll buy two.
This one built from NewEgg.com components can be had for the low price of $19,084.71
7 x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot
1 TB of memory
2 TB NVMe
18 TB x 2 in RAID 1
2 x Workstation Video Cards
10 GbE Networking
ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI sWRX8 AMD WRX80 $999.99 1 $999.99
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX 64-Core 2.7 GHz Socket sWRX8 280W $5,489.99 1 $5,489.99
512GB Kit 4x128GB DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 8Rx4 ECC Load Reduced Memory by Nemix Ram $4,236.99 2 $8,473.98
Corsair MP600 Pro M.2 2280 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4 3D TLC $459.99 1 $459.99
WD Ultrastar DC HC550 18 TB Hard Drive 3.5" Internal 512MB SATA 7200rpm 512E SE NP3 DC HC550 0F38459 $432.99 2 $865.98
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Series 1200 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum, Fully-Modular, FPS1200-A5M00 $289.99 1 $289.99
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 100-506085 8GB 256-bit GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 x16 Workstation Video Card $1,116.90 2 $2,233.80
Thermaltake Tower 900 Snow Edition Tempered Glass Fully Modular E-ATX Vtower Chassis CA-1H1-00F6WN-00 $270.99 1 $270.99
KingGheedora - Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - linkThat appears to be a single socket motherboard
phoenix_rizzen - Monday, March 8, 2021 - linkAren't all TR motherboards single-socket? As in, TR is a single-socket CPU.
EPYC supports dual-socket.
bobsmith1492 - Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - linkJust ordered a 3975wx to build... should be fun! This release was just in time to keep me from buying the Lenovo P620.
bmartinmd - Saturday, March 6, 2021 - linkDo the new WRX80-based motherboards support the 3990X?
MariaSmith - Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - linkThere are such things as using the board second-hand or after the end of the warranty period. Also, I have seen the Cheapest Essay guide on this so, I take a little information from there.