After the launch of the different Ryzen 5000, based on Zen 3, from the SoC for laptops to the powerful processor for servers under the name of Milan, it seemed that AMD had already completely completed its range of Zen 3 processors. But, we are missing one, which has not been updated since 2019, the Threadripper range, which will soon have an update based on the Zen 3 architecture under the name of Threadripper 5000.
While the EPYC range was specially designed for what we call Data Centers, the Threadripper range is designed for those “home” users where even the most powerful Ryzen is not suitable for their daily tasks. They are therefore AMD’s answer to the Intel Xeon used in high-end workstations.
Threadripper 5000 with Zen 3 cores
The code name for the Threadripper update to Zen 3 is “Chagall” and this new range could be presented the following August. An update that comes much much later than expected, especially if we consider that we are facing another AMD CPU based on Zen 3 chiplets, the same ones used by the Ryzen 5000 and the AMD EPYC Milan.
We cannot forget that Zen 3 is 100% compatible with the different IO Die and sockets already available for processors based on Zen 2. This has enabled AMD to deploy the Zen 3 range in all possible ranges, therefore Thanks to this, they have been able to replace the different CPUs and SoCs based on Zen 2 with an equivalent using the most powerful Zen 3 core in record time. Which has given AMD a boost in all ranges.
That is why the Threadripper being introduced in August surprises us, especially since it will use the same socket as the previous Threadripper and most likely the same IO Die. Where the difference with the EPYC is the fact of supporting 4 channels of DDR4 memory instead of 8 and the TRX40 socket.
Why so long to wait?
The reality is that the TSMC wafers assigned to AMD are at maximum capacity, since there are a large number of processors of different types being manufactured for AMD under that node. On the one hand we have that the processors based on Zen 2 and Zen 3 share a manufacturing node, so the elimination of the production of CPUs and SoCs based on Zen 2 should have already happened with the exception of the console SoCs.
In the case of the Ryzen 5000, Threadripper 5000 and EPYC Milan, the CCD chiplets where the Zen 3 cores are located are exactly the same between these processors. So AMD has to decide which family of processors these chiplets will end up with. So a CCD chiplet that is used to make one of these processors is not used for the rest.
Technically for AMD it would be possible to replace the CCD chiplets based on Zen 2 with those based on Zen 3 and turn the production of the Threadripper 3000 into Threadripper 5000. Why not done before? It is obvious that AMD first needs to allocate an amount to the desktop Ryzen 5000 and the EPYC Milan.