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AMD Threadripper returns for HEDT PC users, with 96-core mega CPU

New Pro and non-Pro Threadripper processors provide huge multi-thread power, with the range stretching from 12 to 96 cores using TRX50 and WRX90 motherboards.

AMD Threadripper 7000

AMD has unveiled a new lineup of Threadripper CPUs that, unlike the company’s most recent Threadripper chips, will be available for both professional and non-professional users. Having previously abandoned high-end desktop (HEDT) users with its Threadripper 6000 Pro lineup, AMD has realized the error of its ways, saying “We hear you, you’re right, we brought it back.” The new AMD Threadripper 7000 CPUs will be available in Pro and non-Pro configurations such that even home users can take advantage of the 96-core maximum core count of this new processor range.

We’d previously seen AMD Threadripper HEDT rumors, but they weren’t entirely clear or definitive. However, AMD has now revealed that home buyers will indeed be able to access the mammoth multi-core processing power of these chips without having to buy a pre-made workstation PC or workstation-class motherboard with expensive registered RAM.

Not that these new chips come cheap. The Non-Pro HEDT Threadripper 7000 lineup currently start at $1,499 for the 24-core 7960X then rises to $2,499 for the 32-core 7970X and jumps to $4,999 for the 64-core 7980X. As for the 96-core 7995WX price, well that one doesn’t have an official price yet but we’d expect it to be around double the price of the 7980X.

AMD Threadripper 7000 lineup

AMD has said there will also be 16-core and 12-core variants of the non-Pro chips, which should see the price of entry drop to well under $1,000. However, the new TRX50 motherboards that will be a minimum requirement to run these chips are not expected to be cheap either. Threadripper may have originally ushered in a new world of relatively affordable HEDT systems but this latest iteration truly lives up to the ‘high-end’ part of the name.

As for workstation users interested in the Threadripper Pro chips, these  will require new WRX90 motherboards that will be even more expensive but will enable pro-level features such as providing eight-channel memory and higher PCIe lane count. Crucially, though, while the 7995WX is designated as a Threadripper Pro chip, it will work in TRX50 boards, just without the extra features. So, you’ll be limited to quad-channel memory and 92/88 (total/usable) PCIe lanes compared to 148/144 lanes for WRX90.

AMD Threadripper 7000 pro vs hedt

Of course, even the non-Pro number of PCIe lanes is a massive step up from typical desktop boards that have 44 lanes. This will mean you can run a graphics card with a full 16 lanes, add multiple PCie 5 SSDs, USB 4 devices, and more all without your PCIe lanes getting clogged up.

The AMD Threadripper 7000 release date is November 21, 2023, for the first round of chips, with more models due later.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX specs

The Ryzen Threadripper Pro 7995WX specs include that it has 96 cores for a total thread processing power of 192 threads. Plus it has 96MB of L2 cache and 384MB of L3 cache all while maintaining a boost clock speed of 5.1GHz. Its TDP is 350W.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X specs

The Ryzen Threadripper 7980X is the current flagship of the non-Pro range. It has 64 cores for 128 threads of processing power. It also has a total of 320MB of cache, made up of 256MB of L3 cache and 64MB of L2 cache. This chips also hits a peak clock speed of 5.1GHz maximum boost clock and a TDP of 350W.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7970X specs

The Ryzen Threadripper 7980X has 32 cores for 64 threads of processing. Just as with it having half the core count of the 7980X, it also has half the cache, with 128MB of L3 and 32MB of L2 cache. Its boost clock higher, though, at 5.3GHz, though its TDP is the same 350W.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7960X specs

The Ryzen Threadripper 7960X has 24 cores (48 threads) and a maximum boost clock of 5.3GHz. Its total cache amount is 152MB, which is just 8MB less than the 7970X. Interestingly, AMD has stated all these chips use eight CCDs (the die chips), suggesting the 7960X has eight chips that can each hold eight cores only having three working cores each. That makes for quite a lot of potential inefficiency with inter-CCD communication, so it’ll be interesting to see if this affects real-world performance. This high CCD count is also perhaps why this chip still comes with a 350W TDP, despite it having vastly fewer cores than the other chips.

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