A few days ago, AMD launched a high-speed processor 3995WX suitable for enterprise workstations, and said that the performance of the processor is better than the sum of the performance of two Intel chips.
Also known as the first 64-core workstation processor, the 3995WX belongs to AMD’s latest Ryzen Threadripper Pro series, a series of chips developed by AMD to challenge Intel’s dominance in the professional computer market.
A workstation is a high-end general-purpose microcomputer typically used to run complex software such as engineering applications. To meet the computational demands of these programs, modern workstations are usually equipped with two CPUs. Ryzen Threadripper Pro only supports single-CPU configuration, but AMD believes that this will not affect its competitiveness in the same category.
According to AMD, a 64-core 3995WX has 27 percent more multi-threaded performance than two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors. In practice, this means that more than 25 professional applications can run faster. In internal testing, these applications included Blender 3D modeling software, engineering design software SolidWorks and video editor Adobe Premiere Pro.
The 3995WX runs at 2.7GHz and can go up to 4.2GHz. The other three CPUs in the Ryzen Threadripper Pro series all have fewer cores than the 3995WX, ranging from 12 to 32, but have a higher base frequency, starting at 3.5GHz.
Core count is one of the key considerations for businesses investing in workstations. Some enterprise software makers charge users based on the number of cores their software runs on, so processors with fewer cores but higher performance are sometimes preferred, which is what the other three low-end chips in the Ryzen Threadripper Pro lineup were designed for.
Lenovo will be the first hardware maker to use this new CPU. On the same day, the company launched a new workstation model, the ThinkStation P620, with a 64-core 3995WX and two Nvidia Quadro RTX 8000 graphics cards, with up to 1TB of memory and 20TB of storage.
In addition to outstanding performance, AMD-developed workstation CPUs can also help IT teams manage and protect employee machines. Another technology the company released this week, Memory Guard, encrypts a computer’s memory to prevent data damage inside the computer if a hacker gains physical access to the computer and its memory chips.