December 2, 2023

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AMD’s Threadripper CPUs return with a giant 96-core chip

AMD’s Threadripper CPUs return with a giant 96-core chip

AMD is bringing back its Threadripper CPUs with two all-new series and two new chipsets. there Pro series of Threadripper chips Designed to be part of the best workstations for professionals, there are non-professional series for high-end desktop (HEDT) PCs and “prosumers” who don’t need management features, eight-channel memory, or huge amounts of PCIe Gen 5 lanes.

Both the Pro and HEDT chipsets are based on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, with access to the latest high-speed PCIe Gen 5 storage. At the top of the Threadripper Pro chipset is the 7995WX, which offers 96 cores and 192 threads, a maximum clock speed of 5.3GHz, up to 384MB of L3 cache, and 128 PCIe Gen 5 lanes. AMD offers six Threadripper Pro chipsets, with the 7945WX shipping For beginners with 12 cores/24 threads.

HEDT Threadripper CPUs.
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Threadripper HEDT chipsets are the most realistic choices for anyone working in design, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and media. AMD will offer three Ryzen Threadripper chips here, but they won’t be cheap. The flagship 7980X offers 64 cores/128 threads, a 5.1GHz boost, and 320MB of total cache, all for $4,999. Here is the full lineup:

If you’re considering a new Threadripper for a workstation, you’ll also have to consider the memory and motherboards it will be paired with. Threadripper 7000 series chips will only support registered memory, so UDIMM is not supported here.

AMD’s new Threadripper motherboard options.
Image: AMD

AMD offers TRX50 motherboards for the HEDT chipset and WRX90 motherboards for the Pro platform. Interestingly, TRX50 motherboards will also support the Pro chipset, so you can technically build a high-end desktop with 96 cores and 192 processing threads. You won’t get the eight-channel or 128-lane memory support of PCIe Gen 5, but if you’re using 96 cores, that’s a real powerhouse.

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We’ll have to wait for full reviews and benchmarks to see how it compares in pro tasks and gaming with Intel’s Xeon and Core processors and AMD’s regular Ryzen 7000 series. Both versions of the Ryzen 7000 Threadripper CPUs will be available on November 21.