AMD has committed to long-term support for the sockets used in the third generation of Threadripper processors
Along with third-generation TriDripper processors due later this month, AMD promises long-term support for Implemented sTRX4 sockets. Such a promise is interesting and worthy of attention considering the incompatibility of the previous generation of motherboards with the sTR4 socket of high bandwidth sockets. Previous motherboards were only compatible with 1st and 2nd generation Tridripper processors. Simply put, previous motherboards with sTR4 sockets did not support high-bandwidth connections.
It should be noted that the third-generation Ryzen Tridripper processors were introduced last week. On Friday, AMD released a video focusing on its high-end desktop processors, the 3960X and 3970X. Both of these processors have 7nm lithography and use the Zen 2 architecture.
|name processor||Number of cores||Number of threads||Lithography of manufacturing||Architecture||Base Frequency||Boost Frequency||Cache||Thermal Design Power (TDP)||Socket type|
|Ryzen Tridripper 3960X||24||48||7nm||Zen 2||3.8 GHz||4.5 GHz||280W||sTRX4|
|Ryzen TriDripper 3970X||32||64||7nm||Zen 2||3.7 GHz||4.5 GHz||144MB||280W||sTRX4|
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The Threadripper 3960X processor has 24 processing cores and 48 threads. Meanwhile, the Threadripper 3970X processor has 32 cores and uses 64 threads. As mentioned earlier, the new Threadripper processors are based on the sTRX4 platform. Therefore, the mentioned chips only work on the new TRX40 motherboards. Unlike processors based on the AM4 socket, which are compatible with previous generations of motherboards, the new TriDipper is not compatible with the sTR4 socket platforms that were used in the first and second generations of TriDipper processors.
Even if sTRX4 has 4096 pins and its pins are equal to sTR4, in terms of electronic structure, the mentioned sockets will not have any compatibility. According to AMD, the data structure and voltage on the new socket pins are completely different. Therefore, users will not be able to connect their third-generation Treadripper to their old motherboards, such as the X399 model. But such weak points have justifiable reasons from AMD’s point of view.
AMD has published a post in its user account on the technology website, reddit, in which there are two main reasons for changing the socket in the third generation of processors. TriDripper brings:
[The first reason is] we wanted to provide the most performance for the 3rd generation Ryzen TriDripper processors, and the sTRX4 socket helps us do exactly that. [The second reason is that] changing the socket both in the short term and in the long term provides us with a good opportunity to develop [on the said product] in the future and also increases the extensibility of the Threadripper platform.
The said company has explained that the third generation of Threadripper processors will have a total of 88 PCIe 4.0 lines, and of these, 72 lines (from the processor and motherboard) will be usable. AMD’s account wrote:
The reason there is a total number of lanes versus usable lanes is that we are increasing the number of buses available from the CPU to the PCH chip, up from 4 in Gen 4. We are at 8 lines of generation 4, which increases the bandwidth by four times compared to the second generation of Treadripper processor. Additional data pins between PCH and CPU make this possible. As a result, you will have more I/O from the motherboard at peak performance.
Apparently, AMD plans to support the sTRX4 port for a long time, thus encouraging enthusiasts to use the TRX40 port on their motherboards by eliminating the worry of a socket change in the near future. In contrast Intel changes its sockets every few years. The third generation of Threadripper processors is scheduled to be released on November 25. The 3960X chip comes with a price tag of $1,400 and the 3970X comes with a price tag of $2,000.