Famous leaker @g01d3nm4ng0 claims that AMD may launch two motherboard platforms to assist its next-gen Storm Peak Threadripper CPUs, as an alternative of only one, with a workstation platform and an HEDT (Excessive-Finish Desktop) platform for lovers. Each platforms will reportedly get an improve to PCIe Gen 5 connectivity, with the HEDT platform supporting 64 lanes and the workstation platform getting 128 lanes. As with every leak, take this data with a grain of salt.
Information of AMD returning to the HEDT market is stunning, as the corporate not too long ago killed off its personal HEDT platform with the introduction of its Ryzen Threadripper Professional 5000WX CPUs, shifting all the platform to the ‘Professional’ branding for the workstation market completely. We do not what incentivized AMD to make this choice, however we suspect low client demand was a contributing issue.
It is no secret that the HEDT market as a complete has seen higher days. When AMD restarted the core-count wars in 2017 (with first-gen Ryzen), mainstream client platforms noticed unprecedented jumps in compute capabilities, with core counts matching and even outpacing previous-generation HEDT CPUs. This led to the mainstream platform consuming up lots of the HEDT market. In reality, Intel additionally left the market as effectively after Cascade Lake-X.
Nevertheless, this isn’t to say AMD has no purpose to re-enter the market. Sarcastically, AMD can be sensible to have a HEDT technique on the again burner simply in case it faces competitors. Months of leaks and rumors counsel Intel is creating a brand new HEDT platform that may lastly succeed Cascade Lake-X. If Intel goes via with this plan it’ll include a reconfiguration of Sapphire Rapids/Sapphire Rapids-WS to focus on the HEDT consumer base.
AMD Storm PeakSeptember 2023HEDT: 4 channel, 64 pcie gen5 lanes, 8 pcie gen3 lanes, assist OCWS: 8 channel, 128 pcie gen5 lanes, 8 pcie gen3 lanes, no OC for CPU&MEMDecember 19, 2022
The leaker suggests there might be lots of similarities between AMD’s new and outdated HEDT platforms. For instance, CPU PCIe capability is proscribed to 64 lanes, and the platform is proscribed to quad-channel reminiscence assist — the identical as X399. Nevertheless, the brand new platform would purportedly include a number of large upgrades, together with PCIe Gen 5 assist throughout all CPU lanes and Gen 3 assist for the chipset.
Unsurprisingly, the workstation variant will behave equally to AMD’s present Ryzen Threadripper 5000WX-supported motherboards, that includes the identical 8-channel reminiscence configuration. However the brand new platform will obtain an improve to PCIe Gen 5 for the CPU lanes.
These two platforms will run AMD’s next-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, reportedly codenamed Storm Peak. We do not know a lot concerning the new chips, however AMD confirmed next-generation Threadripper is coming with the Zen 4 structure and can launch someplace across the finish of 2023 or the start of 2024.