AMD Opens Up Threadripper Professional: Three New WRX80 Motherboards

Stepping out of its supposed ‘exclusivity deal’ with Lenovo, who had the primary rights to Threadripper Professional in the ThinkStation P620, motherboard distributors have began displaying off a few of its WRX80 motherboard fashions designed for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Professional processors. A few of the advantages of the brand new platform over normal Threadripper embody eight-channel reminiscence and as much as 128 x PCIe 4.0 lanes, which is double that of the non-Professional variants. Whereas this seems like EPYC, it sits between the 2 with solely 2 TB DRAM help. It is time to showcase what we all know, together with three new fashions based mostly on the WRX80 chipset.

The AMD WRX80 chipset advantages from eight-channel reminiscence for elevated bandwidth when in comparison with quad-channel Threadrippers and dual-channel Ryzen configurations, with capability for as much as 2 TB when used with DDR4 LRDIMM reminiscence. It additionally consists of help for each ECC and non-ECC reminiscence at DDR4-3200. The largest leap with regard to specification in comparison with common TR is in its PCIe help, with as much as 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes accessible, which in flip will increase the quantity of PCIe slot actual property distributors can use. 

Patrick Kennedy from ServeTheHome has affectionately referred to as this platform ‘WEPYC’, as in ‘Workstation EPYC’, as it’s extra like an EPYC than it’s a Threadripper.

Supermicro M12SWA-TF

The Supermicro M12SWA-TF is dominated by its transposed sWRX8 socket (LGA 4094) and consists of eight horizontal reminiscence slots, with help for as much as 1 TB of DDR4-3200. The Supermicro has help for AMD Ryzen Threadripper Professional processors as much as 64 cores, together with the entry-level 16 core variant. It’s utilizing an all-black PCB, with a cooling fan connected to the heatsink, with HEDT chipsets having an inclination to run fairly heat. This might be much more obvious with PCIe 4.0 lanes over passively cooled choices that use PCIe 3.0. 

It’s E-ATX in measurement, which is absolutely utilized with a formidable six full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots. This consists of help for 2 triple-slot or three dual-slot graphics playing cards, which can rely on the configuration a person opts for. For storage, the M12SWA-TF consists of 4 SATA ports and 4 PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots that embody help for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Supermicro has additionally integrated two PCIe 4.0 U.2 slots, with help for simply RAID 0 and 1 arrays. The M12SWA-TF additionally makes use of an ASpeed’s seventh era AST2600 BMC controller with one D-sub video output on the rear for bodily IPMI entry. (Ian: Oooh, AST2600 is new, is not it?)

The board additionally consists of help for as much as 5 USB 3.2 G2 ports, with 4 Sort-A and one Sort-C, and 5 USB 3.2 G1 Sort-A ports together with a combination of help on the rear panel and thru inside headers. There’s additionally two USB 2.0 ports accessible, with ten 4-pin fan headers, together with two for CPU followers and eight for chassis followers. Supermicro is utilizing Realtek’s new and unannounced ALC4050 HD audio codec, with a secondary ALC1220 codec. Networking help consists of two RJ45 ports, together with one powered by an Aquantia AQC113C 10 GbE controller, with an Intel I120-AT Gigabit controller additionally permitting for IPMI entry.

ASUS WRX80 Professional WS Sage SE WIFI

One other mannequin anticipated for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Professional is the ASUS WRX80 Professional Sage SE WIFI. Whereas we haven’t any technical info and specs from ASUS itself, we do have a picture of it that VideoCardz reported on. There’s quite a bit to go on from simply the picture, and it seems as if ASUS will absolutely make the most of the entire PCIe 4.0 lanes from Threadripper Professional.

The ASUS WRX80 Professional WS Sage SE WIFI is utilizing seven full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, with eight reminiscence slots in two banks of 4 flanking the transposed LGA 4094 socket. The design consists of an all-black PCB, with contrasting black heatsinks for the chipset, M.2 slots, and energy supply. The reminiscence will function at 1PDC, with eight slots prone to provide comparable reminiscence help to Supermicro’s M12SWA-TF mannequin, though we are going to discover out extra when ASUS formally unveils it.

We do know that the WRX80 Professional will embody Wi-Fi capabilities, almost certainly utilizing one in every of Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 interfaces. From the design, it seems like it’ll embody eight SATA, three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, and two PCIe 4.0 x4 U.2 ports for storage, however hopefully, ASUS will shed extra mild on the official specs quickly.

GIGABYTE WRX80 SU8

Primarily based upon a leak from VideoCardz, GIGABYTE can also be becoming a member of the fray with its WRX80 SU8 mannequin. Because it stands, we do not have official specs or any particulars from GIGABYTE itself, it seems to be utilizing a big PCB, seemingly EEB kind issue from what we are able to see. Like the opposite WRX80 fashions, the GIGABYTE consists of eight reminiscence slots for eight-channel reminiscence, with ECC and non-ECC varieties supported. The slots are cut up into two pairs of 4 and are horizontally aligned which surrounds the transposed LGA 4094 socket.

The GIGABYTE WRX80 SU8 consists of seven full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, with a big chipset heatsink on the right-hand facet. Whereas it is tough to find out loads of the storage specs from the picture now we have from VideoCardz, we are able to see it might embody three to 4 Ethernet ports on the rear panel. 

Total

In talking with one of many distributors, their important market goes to be system integrators – individuals who construct and promote workstations. I contacted a high-end system integrator and confirmed that they’re constructing a TR Professional machine, though it is extremely a lot nonetheless a piece in course of. The seller, when requested about on-shelf availability, stated that they do not notably plan on doing a full retail packaging, however ought to AMD push the TR Professional CPUs into the patron channel, they are going to put together the suitable boxing. In that mild, because it stands, it seems like it’ll rely on AMD to resolve in the event that they wish to allow the common client retail channel.

Right now, we haven’t any info on pricing or when the aforementioned WRX80 fashions for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Professional might be launched. 

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