Monday, August 7th 2017

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper MCM Configuration Confirmed, More Details

Tech Day slides leaked to the web by Kitguru provide a confirmation of how AMD is wiring out the additional two dies on the 24-core and 32-core Ryzen Threadripper 2000-series MCMs on the socket TR4 platform. We had speculated that because the quad-channel DDR4 memory and PCIe interfaces are wired to two diagonally-opposite dies on AMD X399 chipset motherboards; in the interest of backwards compatibility, AMD could wire out memory and PCIe from just two out of four dies on the multi-chip module, and have the two additional dies seek memory and PCIe over the InfinityFabric interfaces.

The obvious trade-offs with this design choice is that latencies to the dies with indirect memory/PCIe access are higher, and that reflects heavily in AMD's own performance figures for comparing the 32-core 2990WX with the 16-core 2950X from the same generation. The 2990WX is "only" up to 64 percent faster than 2950X at Cinebench R15 nT, despite having double the number of cores. To its credit, the 2950X has higher clock-speeds (3.50 GHz nominal with 4.40 GHz boost) than the 2990WX (3.00 GHz nominal with 4.00 GHz boost). The presentation also puts out interesting bits of information such as AMD's own performance numbers showing 10-15 percent performance gains between the 2950X and the 1950X; and performance gains of the 2990WX over Intel Core i9-7980XE.
To combat problems intrinsic to MCM CPUs, which are essentially 2P-on-a-stick or 4P-on-a-stick, AMD introduced three operational modes for its Threadripper processors: Gaming Mode, Creators Mode, and Compatibility Mode. The Gaming Mode localizes less-parallelized workloads such as PC games to just one of the two/four dies, for the least memory latency. The Creators Mode makes the MCM optimized for content-creation tasks that scale with CPU and memory, by evenly spreading workloads and memory across the dies. For the 4-die MCMs, the dies with the memory/PCIe wiring are loaded first, and then additional dies are woken up. The Compatibility Mode is basically an SMT toggle. AMD demonstrated in its slides that NUMA-aware operating systems such as Windows 10 use the memory more efficiently.
AMD also detailed the latest version of Ryzen Master software, which comes with a special UI for 32-core/24-core Threadrippers, since you now have to monitor or thinker with those many more cores. Precision Boost Overdrive (introduced with 2nd Gen Ryzen) is also available with 2nd Gen Threadrippers, giving you more control over the Precision Boost algorithm, by making it respect either power-targets, current-targets, or temperature/TDP targets.
And lastly, there's a reference-design AMD Wraith series cooler for TR4. Called the Wraith Ripper, this cooler was co-designed by Cooler Master for AMD. It was unveiled at this year's Computex. It's a dual fin-stack tower (D-type in Noctua's nomenclature) heatsink, with a fan nested between the two fin-stacks, for 100% clearance with the memory areas on either sides of the socket. The cooler features an indirect-touch copper base that has full coverage of the Threadripper IHS. The cooler is capable of handling thermal loads of up to 250W, and should be able to work with the WX variants at stock speeds, or the X SKUs with mild overclocking. Its industrial design involves a plastic shroud with RGB LED diffusers running the top and sides. Cooler Master (and not AMD) will sell this cooler, at an SEP price of USD $100.
Sources: Kitguru (YouTube), VideoCardz
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5 Comments on AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper MCM Configuration Confirmed, More Details

#1
carex
https://www.techpowerup.com/img/3wRcTiGDA65Uz8oo.jpg

Explain this SLIDE what it means ..... its the 2nd gen threadripper right? ......if it is overclocking will be sill OUT OF WARRANTY or it will be cover from now on
as AMD encourages user to overclock i think it should be covered especially in such expensive processors

no one will blow it intentionally.
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#2
Zubasa
carex said:
https://www.techpowerup.com/img/3wRcTiGDA65Uz8oo.jpg

Explain this SLIDE what it means ..... its the 2nd gen threadripper right? ......if it is overclocking will be sill OUT OF WARRANTY or it will be cover from now on
as AMD encourages user to overclock i think it should be covered especially in such expensive processors

no one will blow it intentionally.
The previous slide states that it voids the warranty, but then unless you go overboard the vrm goes boom and burnt the pins, they wouldn't know or care anyway.
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#3
happita
It won't deter many people from overclocking just because it says "voids warranty". People will do it if they so choose.

I'm certainly excited about AMDs Zen+, a fantastic improvement in relation to their last generation compared to Intel's stagnant portfolio as of late. If it rivals Inte's ipc, then I might just go AMD for the first time.
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Solidstate89
carex said:
https://www.techpowerup.com/img/3wRcTiGDA65Uz8oo.jpg

Explain this SLIDE what it means ..... its the 2nd gen threadripper right? ......if it is overclocking will be sill OUT OF WARRANTY or it will be cover from now on
as AMD encourages user to overclock i think it should be covered especially in such expensive processors

no one will blow it intentionally.
Overclocking has always voided your warranty. This isn't new.
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#5
TheGuruStud
Solidstate89 said:
Overclocking has always voided your warranty. This isn't new.
Bruh, 1.5V is totally safe. Gigabyte bios told me so :roll:
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