AMD releases Ryzen Threadripper 7000 CPUs in response to public demand

Great news for anyone who loved having an AMD Threadripper in their high-end computers: they’re back. AMD has announced three new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 series chips, with prices starting at $1,499.

“Why are we doing this?” rhetorically asked Don Woligrowski, Senior Processor Technical Marketing Manager at AMD, in a pre-launch briefing. “Plain and simple, we heard the feedback. There was a lot of feedback that this was a desirable platform and in HEDT [high-end desktop computers] we thought it would be best covered by a single [Threadripper] Pro platform across the board… it has been made clear that there’s an appetite for a high-end desktop version of this platform.”

Some folks don’t need all the PCIe lanes. Some folks you know, don’t eat eight channels of memory. And so it is appealing for folks to have to really address the whole market to get to those features and a slightly lower cost platform. And so that’s we’re doing that’s that’s a federal urge to say on that story. We heard you. You’re right. We bought it back.”

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Price & availability of AMD Threadripper 7000 Series

amd ryzen threadripper 7000 series compared

Three processors will debut come 21 November 2023, as detailed above. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X sits at the top of the range and costs USD $4,999 (we don’t yet have UK or Australian pricing), the 7970X costs $2,499 and the 7960X is a 24-core snip at $1,499.

All the processors support four memory channels and 92 PCIe lanes, and as the X in their name indicates they are all overclockable.

Cores/threadsBase clockBoost clockL3 cachePrice*
*US dollar prices according to AMD

Naturally, AMD is making big claims about the new Threadripper’s performance compared to their Intel rivals:

threadripper 7980X performance versus Intel Xeon W9-3495X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000

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Price & availability of AMD Threadripper PRO 7000 WX-Series processors

AMD has also announced a new range of its Threadripper PRO WX-Series processors. This time there are four new chips, but it’s first worth covering a summary of their differences compared to the Threadripper 7000 series.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 CPUs

All the new chips will be available from 21 November. Here’s a brief table summarising their differences, but note that we don’t yet have confirmed pricing for these chips.

Cores/threadsBase clockPeak clockL3 cache
PRO 7995WX96/1922.5GHz5.1GHz384MB
PRO 7985WX64/1283.2GHz5.1GHz256MB
PRO 7975WX32/644GHz5.3GHz128MB
PRO 7965WX24/484.2GHz5.3GHz128MB

AMD went into much more detail about the performance of the Threadripper PRO chips during the call, claiming that it could save professionals 27 minutes every hour. Quite a claim.

This slide summarises its alleged superiority over Intel’s closest rival:

amd threadripper pro series performance versus intel w9-3495X
According to Intel, this is how the new AMD Threadripper PRO series stacks up against Intel’s Xeon W9-3495X (the shaded grey baseline figure in the graphs)

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Tim Danton

Tim has worked in IT publishing since the days when all PCs were beige, and is editor-in-chief of the UK's PC Pro magazine. He has been writing about hardware for TechFinitive since 2023.