On X, a user known as Underfox3 shared a collection of presentation slides that appear to be of official origin, though the source remains undisclosed. These slides hint at the imminent launch of AMD's Threadripper Pro series, code-named "Storm Peak," based on the Zen4 architecture.
Notably, there has been a recent buzz around the appearance of pre-release units from the Zen 4 "Storm Peak" 7000-series on the internet. One of the slides includes a render of an IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader) design that bears resemblance to the Threadripper Pro 7985WX, which is available in the gray market. The slides provide insights into the series' release timeline, potential performance metrics, and specific SKU configurations. The slides suggest a launch window coinciding with the start of the autumnal equinox, commencing on September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, indicating a potential imminent unveiling. In terms of performance, the slides propose a 20% performance improvement compared to the previous Threadripper Pro 5000 series. However, the presentation lacks detailed information, such as the context of performance tests or whether these figures refer to single-core or multi-threaded performance gains. Notably, another slide highlights the series' support for up to 96 cores, a 50% increase over the previous Threadripper Pro 5000 series. This hints that the mentioned 20% performance improvement might primarily pertain to Zen4's single-core enhancements.
One noteworthy slide indicates that the 96-core Threadripper Pro is capable of achieving a 75% reduction in daily rendering times. For instance, an AMD showcased rendering task was completed in 657 seconds, compared to the 1125 seconds taken by the 56-core Xeon W9-3495X CPU.
The transition to a new socket is anticipated for the AMD Threadripper Pro 7000 series, signifying a platform shift. This transition will enable the incorporation of advanced technologies, including PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 memory, which were not part of the previous Zen3-based series.
There is speculation about four potential SKUs: TR PRO 7995WX (96 cores), 7985WX (64 cores), 7975WX (32 cores), and 7955WX (16 cores), though additional variants may emerge. It is also suggested that the highest boost clock could reach 5.1 GHz, with a TDP increase of 70W, culminating in a 350W TDP for the new platform.
In summary, the leaked slides allude to a 20% performance improvement over the Threadripper Pro 5000 series, with a focus on single-core enhancements, while offering limited details on performance benchmarks. Additionally, they highlight the significant core count increase in the new series and its superior rendering capabilities when compared to Intel's Xeon W9-3495X CPU.