Open the AMD section and bring the eight-channel Threadripper Pro systems to the retail market. Previously, the eight-channel Threadripper Pro variant was only available for OEMs (compared to the 3990X, we have a review coming from one of these Lenovo systems).
The ADM Threadripper and Threadripper Pro platforms are both designed for professionals who need more horsepower than the traditional desktop platform. Where the ADM provides high-end R 9 9 5950X 16 cores, the TR or TR Pro system can pack up to 64 cores. In addition, Threadripper Pro uses a WRX80 chipset that loads up to eight memory channels (standard four to four).
Many motherboard manufacturers are bringing boards to market to support the new CPU. The Supermicro M12SWA-TF E-ATX motherboard has at least six PCIe 4.0 slots, four PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots and a pair of U.2 slots. M.2 interfaces support RAID 0, 1 and 5, U.2 supports RAID 0 and 1. There is also an ASpeed AST2600 BMC controller for access to IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface).
The board can support three two-by-two or two-by-three GPPs. The back panel, alongside the ALC1220, features a USB 3.2 Gen 2, USB 3.2 Gen 1, dual Ethernet and ALT4050 HD audio solution from Realtech. Ethernet ports are powered by Aquantia AQC113C (10GbE) and Intel I120-AT (2.5GbE).
There are also boards from Asus and Gigabit, but we have no information other than that, so we will refrain from commenting at this time. AMD does not yet know which Threadripper CPUs are powered by the Rizen 5000 series, but such CPUs may come later in the year. Historically, AMD tried to update the server platform before launching new Threadripper chips. We don’t expect high scores this year, but when we do, we will take full advantage of Zen 3’s 1.19x IPC upgrade. At this point, if you have a workload that you know could benefit more memory channels than the usual Threadripper offerings, Threadripper Pro will be available at the retail site later this year.
We are not talking about the workplace market being different from desktop, because it is very difficult to break numbers, especially in this area. Intel has been pushing the prices of Lake Castor Seyon for several years at the top of the Threadripper. The fact that it was cut in 2019 indicates that the chip giant is more concerned about its competitive position. Total desktop sales will fall sharply by 2020, and it is unclear how much this will affect the overall workplace as it shifts to laptops.