AMD launches Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series processors
Today, AMD has officially unveiled its Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series processors. Notably, this launch is not limited to the workstation-focused Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000WX series but also includes the Ryzen Threadripper 7000X series aimed at the HEDT platform.
It has been a year and a half since the introduction of the previous generation, the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000 series. During this period, the demands of workstations have constantly evolved. There is significant growth potential in areas such as virtual production, automotive simulation, infrastructure aging modifications, and artificial intelligence. Current sectors such as design and manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction, media and entertainment, finance, data science, and healthcare also have diverse requirements for workstation performance. The release of the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000WX is tailored to meet the performance and scalability needs of various industries in the future.
Compared to the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5000, the PRO 7000WX transitions from the Zen 3 to the Zen 4 architecture, increasing the number of CCDs from 4 to 6, thereby increasing the core count from 64 to 96—an uptick of 50%. The L3 cache capacity has also grown from 256MB to 384MB. CPU peak frequencies have risen from 4.5GHz to 5.3GHz, memory support has evolved from DDR4-3200 to DDR5-5200, and the PCIe version has advanced from 4.0 to 5.0. The enhancements between the generations are substantial.
The processor interface is sTR5, and it utilizes the WRX90 motherboard. It can support an 8-channel DDR5-5200, providing a memory bandwidth of up to 266GB/s, supporting ECC memory with a maximum memory capacity of 2TB. The CPU offers 128 PCIe 5.0 lanes and an additional 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, ensuring significant expansion capabilities. There’s also added support for AES-256-XTS, enhancing its security compared to its predecessor.
Specific models are outlined in the accompanying graphic. The Ryzen Threadripper PRO series, such as the 7975WX, 7965WX, 7955WX, and 7945WX, corresponds to core counts of 32, 24, 16, and 12 respectively, with all peaking at 5.3GHz. The 64-core model, once represented by the 5995WX, is now denoted as the 7985WX. Above that, there’s the 96-core 7995WX model, both of which peak at 5.1GHz. Every Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000WX processor has a TDP of 350W.
Different workloads have varying platform requirements. While all tasks necessitate processor frequency and IPC, some demand a higher core count, others a greater memory bandwidth, and yet others require superior platform scalability. The Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000WX series can cater to all these needs.
AMD’s performance comparison between the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7985WX and 5995WX, both 64-core models, indicates performance improvements ranging from 12% to 46% across varied workloads. These gains would be even more pronounced with the 96-core 7975WX model.
The previous Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series was solely aimed at workstations with its PRO lineup. There were no HEDT offerings. However, due to significant demand from enthusiasts, the Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series is making a triumphant return to the HEDT platform.
The motherboards accompanying the Ryzen Threadripper 7000 are labeled TRX50. In comparison to the PRO series’ WRX90, the memory channel count is reduced to 4, and the total available PCIe lanes drop from 144 to 88, with PCIe 5.0 lanes decreasing from 128 to 48. Though reduced, 88 PCIe lanes are still substantial for the HEDT platform, especially when considering that the previous TRX40 platform had only 72 lanes. Note that the WRX90 cannot accommodate the Ryzen Threadripper 7000X processors, but the TRX50 can support both the PRO 7000WX and 7000X series.
Three models constitute the Ryzen Threadripper 7000X lineup: the 64-core 7980X with a peak frequency of 5.1GHz, followed by the 32-core 7970X and 24-core 7960X, both of which peak at 5.3GHz. All these processors have a TDP of 350W. If desired, even the 96-core Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX can be integrated with the TRX50 motherboard.
All Ryzen Threadripper 7000 processors are slated to hit the market on November 21st, with AMD yet to announce their pricing.