The hits keep on coming for Intel as AMD rolls out its Threadripper Pro CPU, aimed at taking on the Intel Xeon.
Intel’s Xeon processors are aimed at workstations and offer a number of advanced features not found in their consumer CPUs. In recent years, AMD has been making significant strides against Intel, as the latter has struggled to keep up with demand and move to 10nm processors.
In particular, AMD’s Ryzen line of CPUs have won almost universal praise, and further illustrated how far Intel has fallen. Now the company has released its Ryzen Threadripper, aimed at the same workstation market as the Xeon.
“AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors are purpose-built to set the new industry standard for professional workstation compute performance,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Client business unit. “The extreme performance, high core counts and bandwidth of AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors are now available with AMD PRO technology features including seamless manageability and unique built-in data protection5. Even the most demanding professional environment is addressed with the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO line-up, from artists and creators developing breathtaking visual effects, to architects and engineers working with large datasets and complex visualizations, all brought to life on the most advanced professional workstation platform in the world6.”
AMD is launching the CPU in conjunction with Lenovo, who is offering the chip in the ThinkStation P620.
“Our customers need class-leading, innovative solutions to power through the most demanding applications,” said Rob Herman, General Manager, Workstation and Client AI Business Unit, Lenovo. “By leveraging the AMD Threadripper PRO Processors for our newest workstation, the ThinkStation P620, we can offer users the smarter solutions to create complex models, render photorealistic imagery or analyze geophysical and seismic interpretations, while offering crucial security and scalability features to ensure safe and effective operation for our professional users.”
This is great news for IT professionals, AMD and Lenovo. For Intel, this is just the latest in a string of bad news, including the loss of one of their leading chip designers and Apple moving to its own custom silicon.