AMD Threadripper 3000 Zen 2 HEDT CPUs Gain PCI-SIG Certification, MSI TRX40 Motherboards Spied

AMD Threadripper
We know that AMD has third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors in route, and evidence of the pending launch is starting to mount. The latest new comes from respected leaker momomo_us, who uncovered some certification details for the processor family.

Both AMD's new EPYC 7002 and third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors -- codename Rome and Castle Peak respectively -- gained PCI-SIG certification on August 23rd. As we saw with the Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 and EPYC 7002 families that came before it, the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors will support PCIe 4.0. However, at this time the only products that support the interface are Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards and a handful of blazing fast SSDs.

These new Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors will be supported by all new chipsets, which are rumored to be called TRX40, TRX80, and WRX80. In fact, upcoming ASUS motherboards using at least one of these chipsets have been spied, including the Prime TRX40-Pro and the ROG Strix TRX40-E Gaming

AMD Threadripper Geekbench

Today, VideoCardz is reporting that two new TRX40-based MSI motherboards have been spotted by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The motherboards listed are the TRX40 PRO 10G and TRX40 PRO WIFI. At this point, we know nothing in the way of features for any of these TRX40 motherboards, but we’ll likely find out more via leaks in the coming months.

As for the Ryzen Threadripper 3000 processors, we’ve seen a couple of benchmark results for a 32-core, 64-thread Sharkstooth CPU that has been completely dominating the competition. In its most recent outing, the processor put up a single-core score of 5523 and a multi-core score of 68576. To put that in perspective, the current Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX – which is no slouch with respect to performance – put up numbers of 4776 and 36042 respectively.

intel cascase lake x perf per dollar jump

Intel is hoping to have a counter for Ryzen Threadripper, which it even admits offer a compelling performance bargain over its existing Skylake-X-based parts. Intel says that its incoming Cascade Lake-X processors will offer a better performance-per-dollar ratio than the current crop of second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors. The only problem with Intel’s assessment is that it doesn’t take into account the incoming third-generation parts, which should arrive before the end of 2019 according to previous reports.