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AMD announces pricing for Threadripper Pro 3000 processor: flagship 64-core chip will fetch $5500

AMD announces pricing for Threadripper Pro 3000 processor: flagship 64-core chip will fetch $5500

AMD recently announced that its high-performance Threadripper Pro HEDT processors, exclusively sold for a year only in Lenovo ThinkStation P620 workstations, will retail as separate offerings. They are expected to be available by March 2021. Meanwhile, AMD has announced their official recommended prices.

To recap, the Threadripper Pro 3000 series chips exist within the sWRX8 platform, which features support for eight-channel DDR4 memory (both conventional UDIMM and RDIMM and LRDIMM modules) and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes respectively instead of four memory channels and 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes in conventional Threadripper. The extended memory and PCIe 4.0 controller capabilities are due to the Threadripper Pro's use of a full-featured I/O chiplet from the EPYC (Rome generation) processors.

The manufacturer recommends a price of $5489 for the flagship 64-core and 128-thread Threadripper Pro 3995WX model, $2749 for the 32-core and 64-thread Threadripper Pro 3975WX & ; and $1149 for the 16-core and 32-thread Threadripper Pro 3955WX. According to Tom’s Hardware resource, the chips have already started appearing in the database of various retailers, but at higher prices. For example, Compusource shop has priced the first one at $6086, the second & ; at $3043, and the third & ; at $1253.

So the 64-core Threadripper Pro is priced around $2100 more than the 64-core Threadripper 3990X in retail terms, while the 32-core model is $1000 more expensive than the 32-core Threadripper 3970X. There are no 16-core CPUs in the regular Threadripper series, so the Threadripper Pro 3955WX can only be compared to the flagship consumer 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X. The former costs $454 more than the latter, but offers support for four times as many memory channels and 108 more PCIe 4.0 lanes. True, you'll have to buy a special motherboard for it. Some manufacturers, including ASUS and Gigabyte have already introduced them. It's worth noting that these prices are much lower than those announced by Lenovo in case of platform change and regular Threadripper to the new Threadripper Pro. For example, Lenovo is asking $7000 when switching from the 12-core Threadripper 3945WX to the new 64-core Threadripper Pro 3995WX.

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