If you long for the power of Threadripper Pro, but have not wanted to buy a ThinkStation, good luck: From March, AMD will start selling the CPUs directly to consumers and end Lenovo’s exclusive access to the processor. line.
While the Vanilla Threadripper seems like the pinnacle of computing power to many (including myself), there are certain benefits that the Pro line offers that would be of great benefit to those who need them:
- Memory channels are doubled from four to eight
- PCI-E lanes double from 64 to 128
- Memory capacity expanded from 256 GB to 2 TB (!!!)
To sum up these massive numbers into a more real-time image, Threadripper Pro allows users to work with larger datasets due to its expanded memory capacity. It also allows dual expansion for users who need lots of graphics or network cards.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO processors will now be directly available to consumers from March 2021!
Threadripper PRO has up to 64 cores, 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 8 channels of memory and is the world’s fastest workstation processor: https://t.co/MKtJBTJT0A pic.twitter.com/cj1SorEKUY
– AMD Ryzen (@AMDRyzen) January 12, 2021
Of course, all these features mean nothing without a motherboard that can support them – after all, what would be the point of 128 PCI-E lanes if the motherboard only had 4 PCI-E 16x slots? This AnandTech the article points out three motherboards that should come to support the CPUs, but it is not likely that we will see the same amount of variation and choice that we do with consumer motherboards.
There is no word yet on pricing, but regular Threadripper CPUs are not exactly cheap. Still, if you need the features of this type of CPU, you are probably making some money using it (hence the “pro” moniker), and these chips offer some features, like 64 wires and PCI-E gen 4, to the workstation users that Intel simply does not deliver outside of its server products.