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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kaidenshi - Sunday, March 7, 2021 - link"The fixed rear IO is frivolous."
Now I know you're trolling.
biostud - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkNot compared to Intel. Also if you have tasks that can benefit from one of these, most likely the cost of the CPU is not the largest post on your budget.
eek2121 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkCheaper than Xeons for the core count.
WaltC - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkThey're only "expensive" until compared with the much higher prices of the closest CPUs Intel makes to their performance levels (Intel CPUs that actually aren't very close at all in performance, remarkably.) Compared with the only competition in sight, AMD walks away with value and performance.
Mr Perfect - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkA little disappointed the 12 core is OEM only. Why does AMD ignore users who need memory bandwidth and IO, but not cores?
rnalsation - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkI guess people will just have to buy the 16 core. Oh no!
Mr Perfect - Thursday, March 4, 2021 - linkThey could really simplify their whole supply chain by making everything but the 64 core CPU OEM! It costs a little more, but think of the ease of not having to pick the right CPU for your workload!
Supercell99 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkMaybe we will see some actually widespread availability in 2025.
lmcd - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkThis uses Zen 2 dies that are still readily available at MSRP. Please. Shut up.
Makaveli - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - linkAmen!