AMD Ryzen 5000 series Threadripper possibly delayed to next year

Daniel Sims

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Rumor mill: If rumors are to be believed, the release of AMD's Zen3 Threadripper CPU for consumer desktops has been delayed out of 2021. Previous dates had come from leaks and rumors, along with information about the workstation variants, which are already supposedly slated for next year.

Known leaker @greymon55 on Twitter said today that codename "Chagall" has probably been delayed to next year. Chagall refers to the codename attached to the consumer variants of AMD's 5000 series Threadripper processors that have appeared in leaks earlier this year. Up until now, those rumors indicated a November 2021 release.

After the infamous RansomEXX ransomware gang hit Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte in early August, it leaked some of Gigabyte's information about future hardware, including a Threadripper 5990X processor. According to that leak, it has 64 cores and 128 threads. It also supposedly has 256 MB of L3 cache, 64 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and 4-channel DDR-3200 memory. Those core counts are the same as AMD's current Threadripper 3990X, but leaked info about the 5000 series Threadrippers says nothing about clock speeds, much less real-world performance.

Towards the end of August, two Pro-model 5000 Threadrippers were spotted on a distributed computing network, revealing some details about them that were consistent with other leaks. The network listed them as a Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX and a Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5945WX. The former was a 64-core, 128-thread processor, while the latter had 12 cores and 24 threads. These are workstation models as opposed to the consumer HEDT processors and are rumored to be released in 2022.

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I'm sure video editors and game/app developers can get by just fine with the 5900x and the 5950x or the 3960 and 3990 threadrippers.

Meanwhile AMD should probably keep whatever chip allocation they could get in for Threadripper as Epyc chips instead.

Lew Zealand

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Agreed. And seeing as the 5900X and 5950X did not see quite as large a multicore IPC lift as the lower thread count parts and the single thread scores, I suspect that the multicore performance increase of the 64-core and maybe even the 32-core Zen 3 TR parts over their Zen 2 counterparts might only be modest.

Making them a less compelling upgrade and thus not a great part to spend that precious 7mm wafer space on.


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I don't get it, what's the point of even releasing this refresh.

I would gladly see AMD abandon whole enterprise and focus on next gen chip instead rehashing. Rendering farms or power users will do just fine with current iteration. I hope AMD won't screw users over with TR-Pro next time round, releasing them to the public when they became basically irrelevant. You either got TR or EPYC year before TR-Pro was a thing.


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Why would they release Zen 3 TR? Zen 2 TR has no competition.

Remember when Intel released nearly a decade of quad cores and everyone blamed them for stagnation? Well that was AMDs fault for providing no competition.

The reverse is happening here. Intel have failed us and therefore TR is stagnating.