96-core Zen 4 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 part could be on the cards but likely only heading to Lenovo
It appears Zen 4 Ryzen Threadripper processors are part of AMD’s roadmap but perhaps not in the manner that users of high-end desktop chips will be hoping for. According to Tom from the Moore’s Law Is Dead YouTube channel, sources have stated that AMD will be revisiting the Threadripper line for the Zen 4-based chips (thus seemingly skipping the Zen 3 generation). However, these possible Threadripper 7000 parts will likely be PRO chips, which means they will probably be heading to Lenovo workstations.
The source offers two comments in regard to the future Threadripper chips, which would likely be cut from the same cloth, or silicon anyway, as the “Genoa” EPYC server processors (5 nm). The first comment goes “Zen 4 Threadripper PRO is coming with up to 96 cores. However, right now I only have confirmation of PRO”. If that wasn’t enough of a blow to those who were hopeful for an HEDT refresh, the second comment simply cements the information given in the first one, “At least on our roadmaps, Zen 4 Threadripper is still coming. Technically, I can’t be sure if it’s PRO.”
The most recent Threadripper release from AMD, the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX, made a huge splash in a synthetic benchmark appearance but is destined to find its place inside workstation devices such as the Lenovo ThinkStation P620, and it seems the same thing may happen with any Zen 4 counterparts. The last freely available HEDT parts, the Zen 2 Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X, and 3990X, are now over two years old, with no sign of a Zen 3-based refresh incoming at the moment. The Threadripper 7000 PRO chips could start appearing in the first half of 2023.