AMD will let customers buy the Threadripper Pro straight
If you’ve desired the power of the Threadripper Pro, but have not wished to buy a ThinkStation, you remain in luck: starting in March, AMD will begin offering the CPUs straight to consumers, ending Lenovo’s exclusive access to the processor line.
While the vanilla Threadripper appears like the peak of calculating power to many (myself consisted of), there are specific advantages the Pro line offers that would be seriously helpful to those who need them:
- Memory channels are doubled, from four to 8
- PCI-E lanes are doubled, from 64 to 128
- Memory capacity is expanded from 256 GB to 2TB (!!!)
To sum up those massive numbers into a more real-world image, the Threadripper Pro enables users to work with larger datasets due to its expanded memory capability. It also permits double the expansion for users who need heaps of graphics or networking cards.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors will now be directly offered to customers starting in March 2021!
— AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) January 12, 2021
Obviously, all of these features suggest absolutely nothing without motherboards that can support them– after all, what would be the point of 128 PCI-E lanes if the motherboard just had 4 PCI-E 16 x slots? This AnandTech short article mentions 3 motherboards that need to be coming to support the CPUs, however it’s not most likely that we’ll see the very same amount of variety and choice that we do with customer motherboards.
There’s no word yet on pricing, however regular Threadripper CPUs aren’t precisely cheap. Still, if you need the capabilities of this sort of CPU, you’re probably making some cash utilizing it (for this reason the “pro” moniker), and these chips provide some features, like 64 threads and PCI-E gen 4, to workstation users that Intel simply doesn’t offer outside its server products.
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