AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX In Socket 1

AMD Threadripper Pro 5000 Series Enters DIY Market

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX In Socket 1
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX In Socket 1

About three and a half months ago we saw that the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 Series Launched† At the time it was an OEM exclusive with the first system being the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 we tested with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX† Now AMD is also opening the new series for the DIY market.

AMD Threadripper Pro 5000 Series Enters DIY Market

The big news is that AMD is opening up the Threadripper Pro 5000 series to more than just OEMs like Lenovo and Dell. From what we’ve heard, the Lenovo P620 currently dominates its class in the workstation market due to its sheer number of cores and PCIe connectivity on offer.

These vendors’ systems use PSB, as we saw with the Threadripper Pro series in Lenovo uses AMD PSB to lock down AMD CPUs† That feature makes the CPUs very exclusive to the OEMs that AMD allows to sell the chips first.

Not only does AMD sell the new CPUs exclusively to certain OEMs, but the CPUs cannot be used outside of those vendors’ systems.

Lenovo ThinkStation P620 CPU Cooler and Internal Memory
Lenovo ThinkStation P620 CPU Cooler and Internal Memory

Fortunately, with third-party OEMs and the DIY market open to the new chips, that means we can have non-PSB compatible options on the market (PSB makes little sense on a DIY system). This will effectively replace the AMD EPYC Milan (not Milan-X) to the workplace market.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000V 5000 Series Table
AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000V 5000 Series Table

The new chips don’t necessarily increase the number of cores to more than 64 cores with the Threadripper Pro 5995WX. The only difference is that there is a new 24-core variant, the AMD Threadripper Pro 5965WX. Instead, we get a huge boost from the more unified CCD cache and the micro-architecture improvements that can give 20-30% more performance in many server-side workloads. We’re excited to see how these fare on the workstation side, but we expect similar results.

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You’ll be seeing more about this from STH in the coming weeks. We have a new Gigabyte MC62-G40 that has just arrived and we are going to test it with the Threadripper Pro 5000 series. We’re still waiting to get Threadripper Pro chips, but we expect to get some in July/August to start testing. AMD says we can expect the DIY chips in July, so we’ll be looking for them as soon as possible.

AMD also says that the new Threadripper Pro 5000 series is a drop-in (with BIOS update) upgrade for WRX80 motherboards that support it. It also mentioned CPU and memory overclocking in certain systems. This is indeed very exciting.

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