A long time ago, the difference between workstations and desktop computers was remarkable. However, lately the difference has been getting smaller and smaller. The real situation? Workstations may disappear in the future. And it looks like AMD has stopped manufacturing its Threadripper 3000X. Is this the end of the HEDT market?
There is no doubt that technology continues to advance, the problem arises when it advances faster than users need it to. Although we don’t all have the same requirements, it’s clear that any power level beyond what we’re going to use is a waste of money. That’s why there are specifications and product lines. However, we are getting to the point where even at the top of the range what is demanded by the most demanding market is exceeded.
In recent years, we’ve seen Intel pull out of the workstation processor market altogether. Instead, AMD continued with its Threadripper, the 5000 version of which was released to the market. However, most potential users are looking to the high-end PC lines. The reason? Simple, they are considered quite good in terms of performance. So the new workstations mount an i9-12900K or a Ryzen 9 5950X before versions with more cores for workstations.
Why might workstations disappear?
From Puget Systems, we were able to know the total number of workstations that were sold month after month from January 2022 to the current May 2022. As can be seen, AMD dominates the market due to the absence of its rival. However, in the last two months it has been possible to see a decline in sales of this type of computer.
What is due? Well, the explanation seems to lie in the fact that AMD took nearly two years to launch a CPU with Zen 3 architecture for workstations. What made the request upgrade to high end Ryzen 5000. The same time, they stopped manufacturing the Zen 2 based Threadripper 3000X
To this must be added the fact that require components such as special motherboards when using unique socketswhich means that are much more expensive. In general, if you consider performance versus price, then a workstation becomes much more expensive than a high-end gaming PC. And that by counting only the processor and the motherboard and not the rest of the components. The deal should change with the return of Intel with its Xeon Workstations. However, everything indicates that workstations could disappear. This is what happens when a company has a monopoly and takes advantage of it to inflate prices beyond what is necessary.