AMD’s most powerful processor, the Threadripper Pro, will be available soon as the chipmaker’s exclusive deal with Lenovo comes to an end.
The new CPU first appeared in Lenovo’s ThinkStation P620 workstation, but now motherboard vendors have started showing some of their latest models that support AMD’s WRX80 chipset at CES 2021.
Threadripper Pro offers a number of advantages over the non-Pro variant of AMD’s CPU, including support for 8-channel memory, 2 TB DRAM, and up to 128 x PCIe 4.0 lanes.
The AMD WRX80 chipset offers more bandwidth as it supports eight-channel memory and all new motherboards designed for it can be equipped with 2TB DDR4 LRDIMM memory and both ECC and non-ECC memory on DDR4-3200.
So far, Supermicro, Asus and Gigabyte are the first device manufacturers to unveil their new WRX80 motherboards designed for Threadripper Pro.
The Supermicro M12SWA-TF E-ATX motherboard features an all-black PCB and includes eight horizontal memory slots that can be populated with up to 1TB of DDR4-3200 ram. The motherboard supports AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors up to 64 cores and even the entry-level variant of the chip that comes with 16 cores. Due to the large size of this motherboard, it features six full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots with support for two GPUs with three or three two-slot GPUs.
The Asus WRX80 Pro Sage SE WiFi is another motherboard model specially designed for Threadripper Pro. While Asus has yet to release additional details on the board itself, based on a photo of VideoCardz it uses seven full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots with eight memory slots. It also features an all-black circuit board and WiFi 6.
Another leaked motherboard to be released with the launch of Threadripper Pro is Gigabyte’s WRX80 SU8. This motherboard includes eight memory slots for eight channel memory and seven full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots.
Since Threadripper Pro is AMD’s most powerful processor to date, you can expect these motherboards to end up in workstations built and designed for professionals who can use the extra memory and PCIe slots.