AMD May Bring Dual Socket Support to Ryzen Threadripper ‘Pro’ Platform

AMD may have delayed its Zen 3 Ryzen Threadripper line of processors for some time now, but it looks like they have something big planned for its professional workstation segment.

Dual socket support on AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro Workstation CPU platform? Could offer up to 128 cores and 4TB memory capacities

A few days ago, Igor’s lab disclosed the final specifications for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Pro line of processors, which will include five SKUs. The range includes up to 64 cores, 256MB cache, 280W TDP and is based on the Zen 3 architecture. There is no special 3D V-Cache or 6nm node optimization for these chips. , but there is one crucial aspect that is important for the segment of workstations that could happen to the family.

AMD’s smallest RDNA 2 GPU, the 6nm Navi 24, Pictured: launch with Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 graphics cards

In the specifications disclosed, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Pro series supports a “2P” socket configuration. Similar to Intel‘s 2S, the 2P configuration means dual-socket support, indicating that the Red Team is offering specialized workstation motherboards with the help of their OEM partners. This would allow AMD to have two Ryzen Threadripper processors on the platform instead of the one we’re getting now.

This could be a big blow to Intel’s workstation efforts as they will be left behind again with AMD conquering the core count segment with an astonishing 128 core count on their high-end platform. sWRX8. Further confirming this is a PassMark entry, discovered by TomsHardware, which points to two Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX 64-core processors running on a single motherboard. Both processors were compared to a single 64-core Threadripper Pro 3995WX chip and the new setup ends with a 44% performance boost. The performance results are shown in the table below (Via – Tomshardware):

Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX Double Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX
Overall score: 85 365 123,631
Whole mathematics 495,791 MOps / Sec 989 959 MOps / Sec
Floating point mathematics 278,871 MOps / Sec 562,656 MOps / Sec
Find prime numbers 579 million premiums / s 1,363 million bounties / second
Random sorting of channels 196 thousand chains / second 425 thousand chains / sec
Data encryption 124,642MB / s 261 164 MB / s
Data compression 1792MB / s 3,661MB / s
Physics 5,567 fps 14,653 fps
Detailed instructions 106,929 million matrices / s 232,254 million matrices / s
Single wire 2,628 MOps / s 2,652 MOps / s

The performance boost isn’t huge, but we have to remember that there are only a few synthetic benchmarks capable of using all 64 cores on AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Pro chips, let alone 128 cores on one. dual socket configuration. This opens up a whole new class of performance for the workstation segment with over 100 cores, incredible 4TB system memory capacities (16 memory channels / 8 per chip) and an incredible amount of PCIe lanes. It is certainly a very attractive solution for workstation users.

There is currently no commercially available motherboard that supports dual Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors, but as mentioned above, AMD will work with its partners to get them manufactured if they actually go the 2P socket route. . AMD’s EPYC server platform has many dual socket motherboards, so OEMs like Gigabyte, Supermicro, ASRock Rack can certainly be the first to come up with such a high-end workstation motherboard. . AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 processors are rumored to launch in March 2022, so we might hear about AMD’s at CES 2022.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000 vs Intel Sapphire Rapids-X HEDT processors:

Processor family Intel Sapphire Rapids-X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 5000
Process node 10nm ESF 7 nm
Basic architecture Golden Cove Zen 3
Platform W790 TRX40 / TRX80
Socket LGA 4677? LGA 4096
Maximum number of cores / wires 56/112? 64/128
Max cache (L3) 168 MB? 224 MB + V-Cache?
Memory support DDR5-4800 DDR4-3200
Maximum number of PCIe lanes 64 PCIe Gen 5.0 128 PCIe generation 4.0
TDP Up to 225W Up to 280W

Which upcoming HEDT processor platform looks most impressive?

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