AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Models At Par EPYC Server Top-End CPUs With Eight Memory Channels, 128 Lane PCIe 4.0 Support And Other Features

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Series is now confirmed to be at par the top-end EPYC Server-grade CPUs. AMD has officially acknowledged that the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Series CPUs will have identical features to the AMD EPYC CPUs that power powerful servers and data center backbones.

AMD has officially introduced the  Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors for the workstation market. In addition to the select PRO Features, the AMD Threadripper 3000 PRO Series is now identical to the EPYC server CPUs as they offer the full connection of the main memory via eight channels. Additionally, the newly introduced CPUs also support PCIe 4.0 with top-end models having 128 lanes.

AMD Lifts The 50 Percent Memory Lane And PCI Express Lanes Limitation For Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series CPUs:

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPUs will reportedly deliver improvements to the existing ZEN 2 based AMD Ryzen 3000 Threadripper platform with a special focus on the professional market. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 PRO CPU family is made up of four SKUs.

However, buyers won’t be able to buy the CPUs individually. In other words, these top-end CPUs will not be available in retail stores. Additionally, there will be no motherboards to buy that accommodate such processors. Simply put, AMD has designed and built these CPUs solely as pure OEM products. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 CPUs will be slotted inside the sWRX8 socket. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPUs use the sTRX4 socket.

The special OEM motherboards are designed to take full advantage of the additional memory channels and PCI Express lanes. Incidentally, the sTRX4 also has the necessary pins, but these are not assigned to the processors. The sWRX80 chipset provides the numerous I / O options such as additional SATA connections, USB 3.2, and additional PCI Express lanes. As there will not be an option to buy the CPUs and compatible motherboards individually, additional technical details haven’t been officially disclosed yet.

It is interesting to note that AMD offers only three HEDT Standard variants of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPUs. But the company is offering four Threadripper PRO models.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 PRO CPUs Features:

We have already reported on the specifications and features of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 PRO CPUs. However, the report was missing the PRO features that set these CPUs apart from the standard variant and takes them closer to the EPYC server-grade parts.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro models use the integrated security processor, which, among other features, enables full system memory encryption. Simply put, these powerful CPUs support complete encryption of the working RAM memory and mass storage. AMD brands this function as ‘Memory Guard’. Additionally, there is always a strong integration with the core security functions of the Operating System.

As part of the PRO package, AMD offers guaranteed hardware support available for the first 24 months. Incidentally, this period is quite short because the Ryzen Pro processors are at least five years old. The ThinkStation P620 workstation from Lenovo is the first to use the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors. The ZEN 2 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 PRO Series is clearly competing against Intel’s vPRO lineup.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.