You simply can’t find more powerful chips for a desktop or workstation than AMD’s Threadripper Pro series, and now they’re coming to retail. With 64 cores, 128 threads, up to 2TB of memory spread out among eight memory channels, not to mention support for 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, the beastly chips represent the ultimate in workstation power.
Unfortunately, until today, the Threadripper Pro series chips were locked into the OEM market, meaning you could only find them in uber-expensive pre-validated systems like the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 that we recently tested with the flagship Threadripper Pro 3995WX.
|MSRP/RCP||Cores / Threads||Base / Boost (GHz)||L3 Cache (MB)||PCIe||DRAM||TDP|
|Threadripper Pro 3995WX||$?||64 / 128||2.7 / 4.2||256||128 Gen 4||Eight-Channel DDR4-3200||280W|
|Threadripper 3990X||$3,990||64 / 128||2.9 / 4.3||256||88 Gen 4 (72 Usable)||Quad DDR4-3200||280W|
|EPYC 7442||$6,950||64 / 128||2.25 / 3.4||256||128 Gen 4||Eight-Channel DDR4-3200||225W|
|Threadripper Pro 3975WX||$?||32 / 64||3.5 / 4.2||128||128 Gen 4||Eight-Channel DDR4-3200||280W|
|Xeon 8280||$10,009||28 / 56||2.7 / 4.0||38.5||48 Gen 3||Six-Channel DDR4-2933||205W|
|Intel W-3175X||$2999||28 / 56||3.1 / 4.8||38.5||48 Gen 3||Six-Channel DDR4-2666||255W|
|Threadripper 3970X||$1999||32 / 64||3.7 / 4.5||*128||88 Gen 4 (72 Usable)||Quad DDR4-3200||280W|
|Xeon W-3275||$4,449||28 / 56||2.5 / 4.6||38.5||64 Gen3||Six-Channel DDR4-2933||205W|
|Threadripper 3960X||$1,399||24 / 48||3.8 / 4.5||*128||88 Gen 4 (72 Usable)||Quad DDR4-3200||280W|
|Xeon W-3265||$3,349||24 / 48||2.7 / 4.6||33||64 Gen 3||Six-Channel DDR4-2933||205W|
|Threadripper Pro 3955WX||$?||16 / 32||3.9 / 4.3||64||128 Gen 4||Eight-Channel DDR4-3200||280W|
|Ryzen 9 5950X||$799||16 / 32||3.9 / 4.9||64||20||Dual DDR4-3200||105W|
|Threadripper Pro 3945WX||$?||12 / 24||4.0 / 4.3||62||128 Gen 4||Eight-Channel DDR4-3200||280W|
Now AMD is bringing the ultimate in threaded goodness to the retail market through participating global retailers, e-tailers, and system integrators. AMD hasn't shared pricing information yet, but we'll update once the company shares more information. It should be much friendlier than what we see with OEM systems, though. For instance, it costs $7,000 just to upgrade from the 12-core 3945WX in a Lenovo system to the 64-core 3995WX.
If you want to see how these chips compare in about a jillion benchmarks, including gaming, head to our recent review.
You’ll need a WRX80 motherboard to unlock the best of Threadripper Pro, but never fear, ASUS has listed the Pro WS Sage SE on its website and we should learn pricing and availability in the coming days. This motherboard represents the ultimate in PCIe - it comes with seven PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and eight memory slots. The board also comes with a 16-phase power delivery substem, supports RDIMMs, and has a BMC chip for remote management. ASUS hasn’t shared the detailed specs yet, but we expect it will post the full listing soon.
Gigabyte also has its WRX80-SU8 waiting in the wings, but the details are slight. We know the massive board (most likely E-ATX) also has seven PCIe slots and BMC features, two 10 GbE ports, two GbE ports, and a 7.1-channel audio system. With AMD’s official release of the Threadripper Pro series to retail today, we expect more information on this motherboard to be inbound soon.