AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX price of US$6,499 leaves Zen 3 HEDT parts as costly options for DIYers
Those lamenting the seeming absence of HEDT parts from Team Red will soon be treated to options from the Zen 3-based “Chagall” series of chips. It will be the first time DIY PC builders will be able to get their hands, theoretically speaking, on Threadripper processors since Castle Peak was released at the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. However, while AMD will allow enthusiasts to eventually purchase these previously OEM-only Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-series chips, they will come at quite a hefty cost.
According to details published by Tom’s Hardware, the cheapest Zen 3 high-end desktop (HEDT) part will be the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5965WX with an SEP (Suggested Etail Price) of US$2,399. For that money, builders would get a 24-core, 48-thread monster that can clock at up to 4.5 GHz and enjoy support from 128 MB L3 cache. This beast can also take on up to 2 TB of memory in a speedy octa-channel manner, and it can definitely handle running Crysis (without a dGPU) for those who may be curious.
Next up the ladder is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5975WX, which for just US$900 more will deliver 32 cores and 64 threads of processing power while only requiring a TDP of 280 W. Retailing, or etailing, at US$3,299 places the Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5975WX at a price that is US$550 higher than the launch price of the Threadripper PRO 3975WX, which came out in July 2020. The most-expensive non-PRO HEDT part from AMD at that time was the Threadripper 3990X that cost US$3,990, which pales in comparison with the new 5995WX.
It would cost a DIYer US$6,499 to shove an AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5995WX into their system at some point in 2022, but the bragging rights would be enormous. A dizzying 64-core, 128-thread processor configuration is present and the L3 cache gets doubled to a massive 256 MB. The top-end part can also support up to 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and it has a boost clock-rate edge over the previous HEDT champion Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX (4.5 GHz vs. 4.2 GHz). Availability is currently stated as “later this year”, so plenty of time to start saving up.