Monthly Archives: April 2021

  • King of workstations: Threadripper Pro 3995WX comes to G2

    Updated 09/04/2021

    When we reported on AMD’s new Threadripper Pro 3995WX back in October we were really excited about what the processor promised.

    Threadripper Pro – billed as the ultimate processor for professional workstations it has done much to live up to this name. However, the flagship has gone even further. A ludicrous 64 core, 128 threads and 2TB of memory offers truly class-leading performance. Add in the 8x channel memory architecture and to get even close to this performance via other configs you’re looking at upgrading to a dual-socket processor and the price hikes that go with it.

    The 3995WX brings out the best in the much-vaunted 7nm process Zen 2 microarchitecture. We especially love the 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and with it the promise of all kinds of funky additives – whether you’re looking to beef-up on SSD, mix up your GFX cards, or flex on your network connectivity.

    At launch, one global device manufacturer had secured a period of exclusivity for inclusion of the 3995WX in their workstations. With that moratorium over, we’re pleased to announce that the 3995WX will soon be hitting our machines. While some supply restrictions persist, we’re confident that it won’t be subject to the same stock and board shortages seen elsewhere last year.

    Threadripper Pro 3995WX hitting G2 products

    So, what can you look forward to from our product line-up? The 3995WX will be featuring in 1U, 2U and 3U machines, which we will be announcing shortly. It means that whatever rack mount footprint you’re looking for we’ll be able to build a real powerhouse for you based on this extraordinary architecture.

    Of course, if you don’t need the brute performance on the 3995WX there are three other Threadripper Pro chips to choose between, all of which are available in select G2 Digital machines and still deliver blistering performance in their own right. With such a simple line-up, the chip selection headache that may have confronted you in the past while sizing up your workstation-class PC is actually heaps more straightforward with AMD.

    Roll-on Zen 3!

    With such impressive performance gains made possible, from Zen 2.0, we wait with bated breath as to what a Zen 3.0 variant might deliver. Lower end AMD Ryzen chips are already shipping from this architecture.

    To learn more about the AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX and it’s inclusion in our PCs, get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes standout feature of Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake

    Updated 06/04/2021

    After first teasing the release during January’s virtual CES 2021 event, Intel has now confirmed the launch of its long-awaited Rocket Lake 11th Gen Series of CPUs, with this enhanced family of processors available alongside a new line of 11th Gen 500 series motherboards.

    Plenty of exciting capabilities have already been revealed in recent months, but now that this new chipset is finally available, what can we expect to see?

    The full Rocket Lake Line-up

    Intel has already revealed other product lines as part of its 11th Gen family, and this recent Rocket Lake release includes several processors that differ from the existing iterations available with the 11th Gen Tiger Lake Laptop CPU range.

    In total, the Rocket Lake family includes 8 new processors:

    • Intel Core i9-11900K
    • Intel Core i9-11900
    • Intel Core i7-11700K
    • Intel Core i7-11700
    • Intel Core i5-11600K
    • Intel Core i5-11600
    • Intel Core i5-11500
    • Intel Core i5-11400

    As well as a range of CPUs, the new 11th Gen 500 series of Motherboards has also been released, and includes 4 variations:

    • Z590
    • H570
    • B560
    • H510

    Solid foundations from a new architecture

    The new Rocket Lake family represents a significant milestone for Intel, with its new Cypress Cove architecture becoming the first new desktop CPU architecture released in just over 5 years.

    This new architecture builds on the existing Ice Lake 10nm architecture, but ports back to 14 nm to deliver higher performance at a more competitive price. In combination with its Xe Graphics architecture, Intel also predicts an increase of around 50% in GFX performance compared to 9th Gen integrated graphics.

    RAM overclocking for enhanced performance

    Another first with Rocket Lake CPUs is the availability of memory overclocking across various processors included within the series, with this capability set to be made available for the full range in the coming months.

    This is an important step for Intel, as overclocking RAM allows for cost-effective performance boosts and faster frame rates without the need for additional cooling provisions. Importantly, as RAM boosts only require a small amount of power, there’s also no need to add a larger PSU.

    Exciting expansion options with more PCIe slots

    Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Rocket Lake series is an increase in PCIe 4.0 lanes from 16 to 20. Firstly, PCIe 4.0 has double the throughput of the earlier 3.0 generation giving it some significant performance advantages. The additional lanes offer worthwhile expansion capability, especially when a typical GFX card will eat up the 16 lanes available on most motherboards.

    Importantly three of the new motherboards available with the 500 series, the Z590, H570, and the B560, support this PCIe change. The entry-level H510 board however is still limited to 16 slots.

    In our opinion, additional lane capability was the most impressive new feature revealed and offers plenty of exciting opportunities for expansion. With an additional 4 PCIe lanes now available with Rocket Lake, you have more headroom to add in additional PCIe devices, such as an SSD, or to make a connection directly to your CPU to help improve performance.

    Rocket Lake hits G2 machines

    We’ve selectively introduced the new 11th Gen processors into some of our high-performance systems. We’re excited about the configuration choices this will offer our customers; plus, some welcomed savings it represents. With the potential of the four additional PCIe lanes, upgrade to industrial class motherboard options to achieve this expansion may no longer be necessary for some builds.

    If you’d like to learn more about Intel’s new 11th Gen range of Rocket Lake processors and 500 series motherboards, and discuss how they could be integrated into your new rack or mini pc, get in touch with a member of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products