AMD Storm Peak
Very initial leaks state that Storm Peak will arrive in both HEDT and Workstation flavors, something that was not seen with the Threadripper 5000 series. This is probably AMD’s reaction to Intel’s upcoming Fishhawk Falls CPUs which are detailed here. This means that we will some distinction between both the WS and HEDT platforms, at least in the naming category. It is worth noting that AMD has decided not to use the non-PRO naming scheme in an attempt to unify its Threadripper products.
In any case, AMD is going all out to tackle Intel on all fronts. Planned for September 2023, the Ryzen 7000 Threadripper HEDT CPUs will support 4-channel memory, 64 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes, and 8 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. The HEDT lineup will support memory and CPU overclocking for that extra compute performance.
AMD Storm Peak
HEDT: 4 channel, 64 pcie gen5 lanes, 8 pcie gen3 lanes, support OC
WS: 8 channel, 128 pcie gen5 lanes, 8 pcie gen3 lanes, no OC for CPU&MEM
— chi11eddog (@g01d3nm4ng0) December 19, 2022
The Threadripper 7000 Workstation CPUs on the other hand will support 8-channel memory, 128 PCIe Gen 5.0 lanes, and 8 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. The increase in lanes is probably enough to signal that this platform is aimed at the very high-end market. Although, the Storm Peak WS platform will not support memory and CPU overclocking in contrast to the HEDT lineup.
The largest core count we have seen thus far is 96-cores which does not leave much room for Intel. The Storm Peak CPUs will be built on TSMC’s 5nm process akin to the Raphael Ryzen 7000 mainstream desktop CPUs. The Threadripper 7000 CPUs have seen a core/thread count uplift but that was not the case with Raphael. This has given Intel a huge edge, at least in the mid-range market where its CPUs are looking extremely powerful. Are you excited to see AMD’s response to Fishhawk Falls?