AMD Launches Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Processors for High-End Desktop Market
AMD has unveiled its latest Ryzen Threadripper 7000 processors, marking a return of high-end desktop (HEDT) chips to the mainstream market. The new lineups, which include both Pro and non-Pro versions, are based on AMD’s Zen 4 architecture and manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm process.
The Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series aims to cater to the demands of desktop users who require extreme multitasking capabilities and high throughput for complex workloads. These processors offer more cores and more I/O, targeting the high-end desktop and workstation markets.
There are three SKUs available in the Threadripper 7000 lineup. The top-end model, the 7980X, boasts an impressive 64 cores, followed by the mid-tier 7970X with 32 cores, and the entry-level 7960X with 24 cores.
One key difference between the vanilla Threadripper series and the professional workstation-focused Threadripper Pro chips is the omission of certain ‘Pro’ features in the former. Additionally, the CPU, memory, and IO hardware offered by the two variants differ.
AMD’s decision to revive the HEDT models with the Threadripper 7000 series comes after skipping a vanilla Threadripper processor in the previous generation. The new processors will be compared to both the previous Threadripper 3000 series and Intel’s Sapphire Rapids Workstation CPUs for performance and efficiency.
Designed for demanding multi-threaded applications such as content creation, rendering, and complex computational tasks, the Threadripper 7000 series supports quad-channel DDR5 memory as well as up to 48 PCIe 5.0 lanes. This enables high bandwidth for storage and graphics devices.
To cater to professionals who require even higher memory bandwidth and densities, AMD also offers the Threadripper 7000 Pro WX series, which supports 8 channels of memory.
Alongside the new Threadripper chips, AMD has launched the TRX50 chipset, which supports 4-channel DDR5 memory and 80 PCIe lanes. This chipset serves as a middle-abridged option between the desktop AM5 and WRX90 for Threadripper Pro 7000 WX-series chips.
Notably, while the Threadripper 7000 Pro chips are compatible with TRX50 motherboards, the non-Pro Threadripper 7000 chips cannot be used with WRX90 boards.
AMD’s latest processors exemplify the company’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of desktop computing power. By catering to professionals, enthusiasts, and those with specific requirements beyond what standard desktop CPUs can offer, AMD continues to solidify its position in the market.