“Going forward, the Threadripper platform will now use a single ‘common infrastructure'. This means there will be one set of Threadripper Pro processors to choose from, with one CPU socket and chipset, and every processor will be based on AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro silicon,” AMD explains in a blog post.
Going all-in with its Threadripper Pro lineup allows AMD to pitch enthusiasts and professional users a more robust platform beyond the mainstream segment. It's also retaining compatibility with existing socket sWRX8 motherboard owners based on the WRX80 chipset—it's a drop-in upgrade after a BIOS update.
“In this new ‘one socket' world for ‘Zen 3' architecture, new motherboards for Threadripper processors will be WRX80 chipset-based. When there is one set of Threadripper processor models, you only need to choose the core count that you want and a motherboard that has the features you need,” AMD explains.
AMD announced five different Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX-series processors earlier this year, spanning 12 cores and 24 threads on up to 64 cores and 128 threads. Those were initially available exclusively to Lenovo and its ThinkStation P620 workstation. However, AMD has now expanded availability to Dell and its Precision 7865 workstation.
The Ryzen Threadripper Pro WX-series will also be available at “leading system integrators” around the world starting in July, and to the DIY community “later this year.” Curiously, the blog post announcing the expanded availability only lists the top three models, including the 24-core/48-thread Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5965WX, 32-core/64-thread 5975WX, and 64-core/128-thread 5995WX.