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AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Series : Leaked Details!

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series : Full Details!

Now that the NDA is over, we can finally reveal EVERYTHING we know about the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO HEDT processor family!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : What Is It?

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO is a new HEDT processor family, mirroring what Ryzen PRO is to Ryzen.

Unlike the Ryzen Threadripper, the Threadripper PRO is targeted at professional studios, designers, engineers and data scientists.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO series will offer these features over “regular” Threadripper processors.

  • new sWRX8 socket and WRX80 chipset
  • 8 DDR4-3200 memory channels, instead of just 4
  • 2X memory bandwidth over 3rd Gen Threadripper
  • Support for UDIMM, RDIMM, LDRIMM, 3DS RDIMM with ECC support, instead of just UDIMM with ECC
  • Up to 2 TB of memory, instead of just 256 GB
  • 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, instead of just 64
  • AMD PRO Technologies, including Secure Processor and Memory Guard
  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned availability

AMD has already chalked up one design win with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620 – the world’s first and only 64-core workstation!

Recommended : Lenovo ThinkStation P620 : World’s First 64-Core Workstation!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Official Tech Briefing!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Available Models

As of today’s launch, AMD is launching only these four processor models :

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

This is the flagship, with 64 cores capable of processing up to 128 threads simultaneously. It comes with 288 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 2.7 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX

This processor has 32 cores with the ability to process up to 64 threads simultaneously. It comes with 144 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.5 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX

This processor has 16 cores with the ability to process up to 32 threads simultaneously. It comes with 72 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 3.9 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3945WX

This processor has 12 cores with the ability to process up to 24 threads simultaneously. It comes with 70 MB of L2 and L3 caches, a 4.0 GHz base clock and a 4.3 GHz boost clock, with a 280 W TDP.

There Is No Threadripper PRO 3965WX

Although earlier rumoured, this 24-core, 48-thread processor will not be released, at least not on 14 July 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Specifications

In this table, we compare the key specifications of the four processor models :

Specifications TR PRO
3995WX
TR PRO
3975WX
TR PRO
3955WX
TR PRO
3945WX
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) + 12 nm (I/O)
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 4.0 GHz
Boost Clock 4.2 GHz 4.3 GHz
L1 Cache 4 MB 2 MB 1 MB 768 KB
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 channels
2 TB maximum
PCIe Support 128 x PCIe Gen 4 lanes
TDP 280 W

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO : Performance

Threadripper PRO 3945WX

According to AMD, the “baby” of the family will offer 12% better single-threaded performance in CINEBENCH R20, and 28% better multi-threaded performance than a competing 12-core Intel Xeon processor.

They say that this is targeted at those whose software is licensed on a per-core basis. Its high performance per core will allow for better performance, without resorting to more cores and corresponding licence fees.

Threadripper PRO 3955WX

AMD also showed how the 16-core 3955WX can render 14% faster than an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.

Threadripper PRO 3995WX

AMD compared the flagship Threadripper PRO 3995WX with its 64 cores against two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors, with 56 cores.

In the SPECviewperf13 benchmark, that 8-core, 16-thread advantage gave the 3995WX a performance advantage between 4% and 37%.

 

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How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X gives design and video production professionals, as well as HEDT enthusiasts, unprecedented computing power with 64 cores of processing power!

But with all those cores come the problem – how do you make use of all 64 cores, and not have any core just idle, wasting power?

Thanks to their work with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD has some advice on what we can do to optimise for 64 cores.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64 Cores of Awesomeness!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, bringing the capability to process up to 128 simultaneous threads simultaneously to the desktop!

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

AMD demonstrated that it not only handily trounces the Xeon W-3275 processor – Intel’s best single-chip processor, it also handily beat the two Xeon Platinum 8280 processors!

To keep all 64 cores humming, every core has 512 KB of L2 cache, with a super large 256 MB L3 cache to keep data flowing.

However, you cannot just build an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X system, and expect to instantly leverage all 64 cores.

 

How To Optimise For 64 Cores : An AMD Guide!

After working with the RED Digital Cinema team, AMD came up with some advice on how to optimise your system for 64 cores.

Optimising For 64 Cores Summarised

1. Ensure there is 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM per thread – the system should have 128 GB to 256 GB of memory.

2. Update to Windows 10 version 18362.535 or better (KB4530684 November 2019 Update)

3. The Windows application should be updated to support 65 or more threads, with the ability to span more than one processor group

4. For Linux users, Clear Linux Distro is the best for performance.

5. Reduce storage I/O bottleneck by disabling the virus scanner and system restore feature.

6. Use separate drives for project read, project write and operating systems.

7. AMD recommends these NVMe SSD models for maximum performance with 64 cores :

 

Where To Buy?

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, with these online purchase options :

And here are online purchase options for the AMD-recommended NVMe SSD models :

 

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AMD Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X – the world’s first 64-core, 128-thread HEDT processor is finally here!

Here are the full details on this crazy 64-core HEDT processor – the official tech briefing, the official promo video, specifications, price and more!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor Family

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is the world’s first 64-core HEDT processor, headlining the 3rd Gen Threadripper family, which now looks like this :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : 64C / 128T, 2.9GHz / 4.3GHz, 288 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 3.7GHz / 4.5GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 3.8GHz / 4.5GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor is based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X : World’s First 64-Core HEDT CPU!

There is no better person to tell you how awesome it is to have 64-cores of processing power in the new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X than Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X requires a AMD TRX40 motherboard with a new sTRX4 processor socket. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3990X
TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 64 / 128 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 2.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 32 MB 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 256 MB 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $3990 $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Performance

In this video, Robert shows how the new 64-core Threadripper 3990X and even the 32-core Threadripper 3970X handily beat the Intel Xeon W-3275 processor – their best single-chip processor.

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Price + Availability

The 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X is priced at a princely RM16,999 / S$5,988 / US$3,990, which is almost double that of the Threadripper 3970X!

You can grab one from AMD or their retail partners starting from 7 February 2020 onwards, and start making your own Terminator : Dark Fate movie! 😀

 

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3rd Gen AMD Threadripper : Everything You Need To Know!

AMD gave us a tech and performance briefing on the two 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors they just launched.

Here is EVERYTHING we know so far about the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview

Giving us a preview of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

And here we have the official 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper performance preview featuring Dr. Lisa Su, Robert Hallock and James Knight from AMD, as well as Dan Akers and Shawn Wallbridge of Blur Studio.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

New Socket sTRX4 + AMD TRX40 Chipset

AMD also announced that they are breaking backward compatibility with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper.

They are introducing both a new sTRX4 processor socket, and a new AMD TRX40 chipset to support it. However, you will still be able to use existing Threadripper coolers.

The processor comes with 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which 56 are available for use. The AMD TRX40 chipset adds another 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes, with 16 free lanes.

In total, the new Socket sTRX4 and TRX40 chipset will give you 72 free PCIe 4.0 lanes to use, compared to just 56 free PCIe 3.0 lanes in previous generations.

In addition, the new AMD TRX40 chipset communicates with the 3rd Gen Threadripper using a PCIe 4.0 x8 link. This gives it 4X more bandwidth than the PCIe 3.0 x4 link used in the first two generations.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Performance Preview

AMD shared with us these benchmark results comparing the Threadripper 3960X and Threadripper 3970X against the Intel Core i9-9980XE.

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 8,399 inclusive of SST.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched. Here in Malaysia, its official price is RM 5,899 inclusive of SST.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors!

Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects!

 

Behind Terminator Dark Fate : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper!

Let’s start with a behind-the-scenes video showing the post-production techniques Blur Studio used to bring Terminator Dark Fate to life.

And in this video, Tim Miller, Terminator Dark Fate director and CEO of Blur Studio, explained how they used the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors to deliver special effects for the most complicated shots, because they were so computationally intensive.

Dan Akers, the VFX Supervisor of Blur Studio, remarked that rendering a scene that normally took 5 minutes, took just 5 seconds with the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper.

This allows Blur Studio artists to keep revising their shots, over and over again, until they get it right. It also gives them the flexibility and creativity to create more complex shots.

 

The 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

The first two members of the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors have been confirmed :

  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache

Like the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on the new Zen 2 architecture with the chiplet design approach.

The CPU dies are fabricated on the 7 nm process technology, while the I/O die is fabricated on the 12 nm process technology.

Recommended : 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Tech + Performance Preview!

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Specifications

This table compares the specifications of the first two 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, against their 2nd Gen brethren :

Specifications TR
3970X
TR
3960X
TR
2990WX
TR
2970WX
TR
2950X
TR
2920X
Architecture AMD Zen 2 AMD Zen+
Fab Process 7 nm (CPU) | 12 nm (IO) 12 nm
Cores / Threads 32 / 64 24 / 48 32 / 64 24 / 48 16 / 32 12 / 24
Base Clock 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
L2 Cache 16 MB 12 MB 16 MB 12 MB 8 MB 6 MB
L3 Cache 128 MB 64 MB 32 MB
PCIe Support PCIe 4.0 (64 lanes) PCIe 3.0 (64 lanes)
TDP 280 W 250 W 180 W
Launch Price $1999 $1399 $1799 $1299 $899 $649

 

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price + Availability

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X is priced at $1999, which is $200 more than the Threadripper 2990WX when it was launched.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, on the other hand, is priced at $1399 – $100 more than the Threadripper 2970WX when it was launched.

AMD will officially launch the 3970X and 3960X on 25 November 2019, and from the performance preview video, it looks like both models will be available on the same day!

 

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GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards Revealed!

GIGABYTE is often the first to announce new motherboards, and they are right on the dot with the new AMD TRX40 chipset!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the four new GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboards for the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors!

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Threadripper Motherboards

At launch, GIGABYTE is introducing four AMD TRX40 motherboards – three under the AORUS sub-brand, and the fourth is a Designare model. Let’s check them out :

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS MASTER

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, Heatpipe with Extended Heatsink and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • AQUANTIA 5GbE LAN and Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS XTREME

  • 16+3 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Thermal Reactive Armor Design with Fins-Array Heatsink, 8mm Mega-Heatpipe and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Intel X550-AT2 Dual 10GbE BASE-T LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • 130dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI

  • 12+2 Phases Infineon Digital VRM Solution with 70A Power Stage
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
  • 3 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5
  • 120dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

GIGABYTE TRX40 DESIGNARE

  • 4 Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  • Realtek ALC4050H + Realtek ALC1220 codecs
  • Exclusive AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor for Extra 4 NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Front & Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Header

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Specifications

To make it easier for you to compare the four GIGABYTE TRX40 motherboard models, we created this comparison table :

Specifications TRX40
AORUS Master
TRX40 AORUS Xtreme TRX40 AORUS PRO WiFi TRX40 Designare
Form Factor E-ATX XL-ATX ATX XL-ATX
Chipset AMD TRX40
CPU Support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors
Memory Support 8 x DDR4-3200 slots
Max. 256 GB, OC up to DDR4-4400
BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit AMI EUFI BIOS
PCIe 4.0 x16 Slots 2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
2 @ x16 speed
2 @ x8 speed
PCIe 4.0 x1 Slots 1 NA 1 1
M.2 Sockets 3 4 3 4
SATA 6Gb/s Ports 8 10 8 8
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports 5 x Type A
1 x Type C
7 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
5 x Type A
1 x Type C
USB 3.2 Headers 1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
1 x Gen 2
4 x Gen 1
USB 2.0 Ports 2 x Type A NA 4 x Type A 2 x Type A
USB 2.0 Headers 4 4 4 4
LAN Aquantia 5GbE
Intel GbE
2 x Intel 10GbE Intel GbE 2 x Intel GbE
WiFi Intel WiFi 6 AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

 

GIGABYTE TRX40 Motherboards : Availability

As the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors and their AMD TRX40 chipset will only be launched on 25 November 2019, GIGABYTE cannot officially announce price and availability.

We will update this article when we have more information, so check back on or after 25 November for their price and availability!

 

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2nd Gen Threadripper Price, Features + Specifications Updated!

On 13 August 2018, AMD officially launched the 2nd Gen Threadripper processor family with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX blazing the trail, and another three models following suit. Let’s take a look at their key features, price and specifications!

Updated @ 2018-11-02 : Updated the specifications of the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors, and added the official Malaysian prices.

Originally posted @ 2018-08-14

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Models

AMD announced two variants – the higher-end WX series for creators, and the X series for enthusiasts and gamers.

Threadripper WX Series CPUs

Threadripper X Series CPUs

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2nd Gen Threadripper Specifications

Here are the specifications of the four processors :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2990WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2970WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2950X
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2920X
Transistor Count19.2 Billion19.2 Billion9.6 Billion9.6 Billion
Die Size213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 2213 mm² x 2
Cores / Threads32 / 6424 / 4816 / 3212 / 24
Base Clock3,0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
L2 Cache16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe 3.0 Lanes64646464
TDP250 watts250 watts180 watts180 watts
Availability13 August 2018October 201831 August 2018October 2018
PriceUS$ 1,799
RM 7,999
US$ 1,299
RM 5,499
US$ 899
RM 3,899
US$ 649
RM 2,749

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2nd Gen Threadripper Key Features

Built on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture, the 2nd Gen Threadripper processors, they offer up to 32 cores and 64 threads, with higher base and boost clock speeds. They are compatible with existing AMD X399 motherboards with a BIOS update.

The 2nd Gen Threadripper processors also feature improved AMD SenseMI Technology, with Precision Boost 2, and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2). Other performance and value-added features include :

  • AMD StoreMI Technology : All X399 platform customers will now have free access to AMD StoreMI Technology enabling configured PCs to load files, games, and applications from a high-capacity hard drive at SSD-like read speeds.
  • Ryzen Master Utility : Like all AMD Ryzen processors, 2nd Gen Threadripper CPUs are fully unlocked. With the updated AMD Ryzen Master Utility, AMD has added new features like fast core detection both on die and per-CCX, advanced hardware controls, and simple, one-click workload optimisations.
  • Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) : A new performance—enhancing feature that allows multi-threaded boost limits to be raised by tapping into extra power delivery headroom in premium motherboards.

 

How Fast Are The 2nd Gen Threadripper CPUs?

In this comparison, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is between 35% and 51% faster than the Intel Core i9-7980XE.

When it comes to games, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X was slightly slower than the Intel Core i9-7900X processor, but much faster in content creation – between 18% to 41% faster.

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Price + Availability

The 32-core, 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is available from 14  August 2018 onwards at a recommended retail price of US$1,799 / RM 7,999.

The 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor will launch on 31 August 2018, with a recommended retail price of US$899 / RM 3,899.

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and 2920X models officially launched on 29 October 2018, with prices of US$1,299 / RM 5,499 and US$649 / RM 2,749 respectively.

Here are some direct purchase links in Malaysia, the United States and the United Kingdom (accurate as of Nov. 3, 2018) :

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The 2nd Gen Threadripper Presentation Slides

Here are the 2nd Gen Threadripper presentation slides by Jim Anderson, SVP and GM of the AMD Computing and Graphics Business Group.

 

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Preview – 24 Core Power!

AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on 13 August 2018, but it was only officially launched today. So let’s take a look at this 24-core 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processor!

 

2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper

When AMD revealed the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors on 13 August 2018, they announced two variants – the higher-end WX series for creators, and the X series for enthusiasts and gamers.

Threadripper WX Series CPUs

Threadripper X Series CPUs

 

2nd Gen Threadripper Specifications

Here are the specifications of the four processors :

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2990WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2970WX
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2950X
AMD Ryzen
Threadripper
2920X
Transistor Count19.2 Billion19.2 Billion9.6 Billion9.6 Billion
Die Size213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 4213 mm² x 2213 mm² x 2
Cores / Threads32 / 6424 / 4816 / 3212 / 24
Base Clock3,0 GHz3.0 GHz3.5 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock4.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz4.3 GHz
L2 Cache16 MB12 MB8 MB6 MB
L3 Cache64 MB64 MB32 MB32 MB
PCIe 3.0 Lanes64646464
TDP250 watts250 watts180 watts180 watts
Availability13 August 2018October 201831 August 2018October 2018
PriceUS$ 1,799
RM 7,999
US$ 1,299
RM 5,499
US$ 899
RM 3,899
US$ 649
RM 2,749
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Unboxing The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX comes in a large sealed display case. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

Inside the box, you will case, you will find the following items :

  • One AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor in a shock-proof case
  • One set of AMD Ryzen Threadripper documents
  • One large AMD Ryzen Threadipper case badge
  • One set of water cooler mount and installation tool

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Up Close!

Built on the 12nm Zen+ microarchitecture, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX has 24 cores which handles up to 48 simultaneous threads. It boasts higher base and boost clock speeds, with a 12 MB L2 cache, and a 64 MB L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX processor also features improved AMD SenseMI Technology, with Precision Boost 2, and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2). Let’s take a look at its key features…

 

AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX is fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

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12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

 

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AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

One of the key moment of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference was when Jim Anderson revealed that the AMD Threadripper 2 processor will have up to 32 cores and 64 threads, to loud hoots and cheers from the crowd!

In this article, we will share everything we know about the AMD Threadripper 2 processor. Enjoy, and check back for more updates!

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Presentation + Demo

In this video, you will see Jim Anderson’s big reveal on Threadripper 2, including the lidded and delidded processors. Check out the cheers and hoots!

And then watch James Prior show off the AMD Threadripper 2’s raw computing power. He compared the 24-core Threadripper 2 with 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory to the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE with 32 GB of DDR4-3200 memory!

And here is a clearer version of the official AMD Threadripper 2 promo video :

 

The AMD Threadripper 2 Up Close!

At the end of the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, we had the opportunity to get a close-up look at the lidded and delidded AMD Threadripper 2 processors!

 

AMD Threadripper 2 – Everything You Need To Know!

Now that we got the videos out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.

What’s The Official Name?

We all call it Threadripper 2, but the official names are a mouthful :

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  • 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper, or
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Gen. 2

Fortunately, unlike Ryzen 2, calling it by the shorter, and punchier, name of Threadripper 2 won’t confuse people.

Power + Performance

As Jim pointed out, the Threadripper 2 will have up to 32-cores. When James showcased its performance though, he only used a 24-core Threadripper 2. Imagine how much faster the 32-core version is against the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE, or the just-announced 28-core Intel CPU.

Neither one of them talked about the power consumption, but we have it on good authority that the 32-core Threadripper 2 will have a 250 W TDP. This is 70 W (39%) higher than the 16-core Threadripper’s 180 W TDP.

Availability

As Jim mentioned at the AMD Computex 2018 press conference, the Threadripper 2 is on track for a Q3 2018 launch.

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AMD Zen+ Microarchitecture

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors are based on the improved AMD Zen+ microarchitecture, which delivers slightly better performance, with lower cache and memory latencies :

  • 3% more 1T IPC (instructions per second)
  • 13% lower L1 cache latency
  • 34% lower L2 cache latency
  • 16% lower L3 cache latency
  • 11% lower memory latency
  • Official support for JEDEC DDR4-2933

12LP Process Technology

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The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will be fabricated using the 12LP (12 nm Leading Performance) process technology from GlobalFoundries. This is the same process technology used in the 2nd Gen Ryzen processor.

12LP is really a 14 nm process, with improvements and a tighter pitch, so the die size and transistor count remain the same. However, the improved process allows for these improvements :

  • top clock speed increased by 250 MHz
  • “all core” now overclock around 4.2 GHz
  • CPU voltage is reduced by about 50 mV at all clock speeds
  • up to 11% lower power consumption, compared to 14 nm
  • up to 16% better performance per watt, compared to 14 nm

Precision Boost 2

Precision Boost 2 is one of the biggest improvements in AMD SenseMI. It replaces the old 2-core boost model, with a linear boost model. This allows for much greater performance for games and applications that use more than 2 cores.

Precision Boost Overdrive

James Prior revealed that AMD will introduce a feature called Precision Boost Overdrive in the future. The motherboard will be able to communicate its actual capabilities to the processor, allowing for better boost profiles and a relaxed vcore limiter with better motherboards.

Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2)

XFR 2 will boosts its performance by 4-7%, depending on the performance of the installed CPU cooler.

AMD X399 Chipset

The AMD Threadripper 2 processors will run on the existing AMD X399 motherboards, with a BIOS update. However, motherboard vendors have new AMD X399 Refresh motherboards that will offer higher overclockability, and possibly the AMD StoreMI Technology as a value-added bonus.

AMD StoreMI is basically an OEM version of the Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic software, which allows you to combine all of your storage drives into a single virtual storage drive. It can even add up to 2 GB of DDR4 memory as a very fast cache to the combined drive.

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The Acer Predator Orion 9000 HEDT Gaming PC Up Close!

At IFA 2017, one of the most exciting products that Acer revealed was the 18-core, quad-GPU behemoth known as the Acer Predator Orion 9000! We had the opportunity recently to take a close look at the Orion 9000, and get updated on its price and specifications.

 

The Acer Predator Orion 9000

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is a massive HEDT (High-End Desktop) PC that boasts an 18-core processor, and up to four graphics cards. It has a silver-and-black chassis with a spacecraft design and customisable RGB lighting along the sides of the front bezel.

To showcase the powerful hardware inside, it has a massive side window panel with a metal mesh that keeps its electromagnetic interference (EMI) in check. Up to 5 fans can be installed, with customisable RGB lighting to create a virtual light show. The two side panels are also tool-less, allowing for easy upgrades.

Despite its size, Acer made it easy to move – it is outfitted with two handles and wheels covered with a carbon fibre pattern. It also has a headset cradle and cable management to keep everything tidy during and after the move.

Liquid Cooling & IceTunnel 2.0

The Predator Orion 9000 features AIO liquid cooling for the CPU, and Acer IceTunnel 2.0 to keep the temperature down even in the most demanding conditions. IceTunnel 2.0 is an advanced airflow management design that separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual “airflow tunnel” to expel heat.

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There are huge metal mesh panels on the front and top that allow more cold air in, and the rising hot air of the liquid-cooled CPU out. Up to five 120 mm fans can be installed in the front, top, and back to channel cool air through the chassis.

Part of the airflow is redirected towards the back of the motherboard tray to cool the storage devices. The graphic cards feature blower-style fans to drive the heat out from the back, while the PSU is self-contained to avoid thermal interference.

Extreme Performance For Gaming & Content Creation

The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is powered by a choice of an 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, or Intel Core i9 X-Series / Core i7 X-Series processors, with up to 128 GB quad-channel DDR4 memory. It comes with a choice of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI, or in some countries, up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards!

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Specifications

SpecificationsAcer Predator Orion 9000
Processor OptionsIntel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor
Intel Core i9 X-Series processor.
Intel Core i7 X-Series processor
Cooling SystemAIO CPU Liquid Cooling
Acer IceTunnel 2.0 airflow management
Up to five 120 mm fans
Memory OptionsUp to 128 GB DDR4 memory (quad channel)
Graphics Card OptionsUp to 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Up to 4 x AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Storage OptionsUp to three M.2 slots
Available Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one Type C, one Type A)
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one Type C, seven Type A)
2 x USB 2.0 ports (Type A)
PortabilityTwo handles + case wheels
Upgradability FeaturesTool-less side panels (EMI compliant)
Top metal mesh push cover
RGB Lighting FeaturesInner chassis RGB LED
RGB lighting bar along sides of front bezel

 

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Price & Availability

The Acer Predator Orion is available for purchase in December 2017, in two configurations :

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GIGABYTE To Showcase New HEDT & BRIX Products At CeBIT 2016

Taipei, Taiwan, March 14, 2016GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd. invites the world to CeBIT 2016 in Hannover, Germany, where it will be showcasing GIGABYTE Z170 Chipset Motherboards, High-End Desktop (HEDT) Motherboards and the latest BRIX Products at CeBIT 2016, in Hall 15, Booth# D20

CeBIT is an IT show and conference that defines the latest IT trends, presenting renowned speakers, forward-looking panel discussions and showcases of innovative products from all over the world. It’s estimated to welcome roughly 250,000 visitors with more than 3,000 exhibitors from 70 different countries.

 

Motherboards Engineered for Gaming

During the exhibit GIGABYTE will be showcasing a number of boards in its G1 Gaming Series based on the Intel Z170 chipset: the Z170X-Gaming G1, Z170X-Gaming 7, Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-Gaming 3. These boards are targeted at gamers with the exclusive unique GIGABYTE technologies such as, One Piece PCIe Metal Shielding, AMP-UP Audio, Killer Networking and Turbo B-Clock. Select boards even support USB 3.1 with the new Type-C connector, Intel Thunderbolt 3 through the use of the official Intel Thunderbolt Controller.

 

Designing the Future with GIGABYTE HEDT Motherboards

HEDT motherboards bring support for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 Processors and ECC DDR4 Memory. This Professional class motherboard is perfect for content creators who specialize in Photography, Designing, Video Streaming and more. It has features that are perfect for creative artists that require the latest connectivity, with support for PCIe Gen.3 x4 M.2 connectors users are able to reach transfer speeds of up to 32 Gb/s.

The utilization of the new Intel 750 NVMe is a perfect example of this technology which improves transfer speeds by 4x that of traditional Solid-State Drives (SSDs). Moreover, with designers and graphics artists requiring an increasingly faster GPU for rendering, GIGABYTE has qualified NVIDIA Quadro Cards on our Approved Vendor List (AVL) through strenuous testing procedures.

 

Ultra Compact Computing with the Next Generation GIGABYTE BRIX

[adrotate banner=”4″]GIGABYTE’s BRIX has been turning heads ever since it entered the barebone Mini-PC market, and now with the Intel 6th Generation Core Processors it’s doing so once again. With such a small footprint the BRIX is the epitome of innovation for the PC Industry.

With multiple USB3.0 ports and video connectivity via mini DisplayPort and HDMI, the BRIX is perfect for digital signage, a desktop alternative and even as a home theater PC (HTPC). On display at CeBIT there will be the GB-BSi5T-6200 and GB-BSi5A-6200 featuring a USB Type-C connector as well as the GB-BACE-3000 and GB-BACE-3150 which support a fanless design.

The GIGABYTE BRIX are available in a variety of different configurations based on the 6th Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, allowing users to buy the exact model that meets their needs, while some BRIX offers support for a 2.5” SSD or HDD for users that need the extra storage space.

 

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