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AMD Threadripper: Unboxing

The Square Things

We see that the processor's heat spreader is significantly larger than a normal CPU water block. But for our first tests, we'll feed the Alphacool XPX waterblock with a chiller.


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The Round Things

AMD includes a bracket for round Asetek pumps, and you can also use it with many AIO compact water coolers. The AIO's usable area on the heatspreader is even smaller, but we're optimistic that it will work (for the time being). After all, AMD has decided to provide us with a 360 radiator, which should help to maximize the small cooling footprint. We've already posted exclusive schematics of the TR4 socket, which outlines some of the challenges associated with cooling the massive processors.

There are also a number of new air coolers on the market (Noctua's got a few beastly models), but it's only a matter of time until we see special "Threadripper Edition" TR4 watercoolers that make contact with the entire IHS.


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Hands-On Testing

Now that we know the official combat weight, we provide the promised hands-on test. As you can see, our hand is on it.

In time, we will cover the rest in detail, as usual. We promise.


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Into The Socket

You won't find Intel's expensive latches on this X399 motherboard. Instead, Socket TR4 has three Torx screws and two frames. The new mounting mechanism is much more refined than previous designs; you simply slot the CPU right into a carrier frame and tighten it down. Head over to MSI's video of the Threadripper installation procedure in the TR4 socket for more detail.

AMD also hid a 512GB M.2 Samsung Pro SSD under the motherboard's heatsink. That's yet another nice touch—provided you know it's there. If you don't, you will be greeted with unexplained HDD error messages on the motherboard's LED screen; these are seemingly not correctable. That might trigger a bit of anxiety until you figure it out.

Not that we would know.


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Extra-Large-Grid-Array

If you like, you can count how many pins you see here. If you're in a hurry, though, it is 4,094...


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Now That's Tight

The processor is locked in, tightened down, and bomb-proof. There shouldn't be any contact problems.


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Finished, For Now

And that's it for now. If you've got an appetite for more, we'll reveal the purpose behind this unboxing soon enough, so please be patient. August 10 is only seven days away...


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  • Kai Dowin
    *heavy breathing*
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  • InvalidError
    That's some awfully convoluted packaging, wonder how much it adds to the cost and how much of the target audience actually cares about it. If I was buying a workstation-class CPU, it would be to get work done, not gawk at its retail packaging.
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  • Kai Dowin
    @InvalidError

    I wouldn't say Threadripper is aimed at workstations. It might prove itself to be great in one, but it's clearly a HEDT product. Bells and whistles are an integral part of HEDT.
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  • Ncogneto
    20017140 said:
    That's some awfully convoluted packaging, wonder how much it adds to the cost and how much of the target audience actually cares about it. If I was buying a workstation-class CPU, it would be to get work done, not gawk at its retail packaging.

    Yawn......

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  • If i was to buy a new CPU, for me would be 8/16 version of Thread Ripper. A perfect CPU from Price/Performance point of view. What i like about it is 64 PCIe. AMD really did great here when Intel said that extra PCIe is not worth it, AMD went Opposite. 64 PCIe --> so many possibilities.
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  • FormatC
    Small teaser for you guys:

    Cool head:

    Let's chilling a bit...
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  • gdmaclew
    I'm impressed with that CPU mounting mechanism.
    Not only does it look secure but idiot-proof as well.
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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    "It'll sure look good on a Mantle"
    FTFY ;-)
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  • Randall_Lind
    I watch Paul Hardware the other day pretty need how you install it. it slip it in like a cpu holder then the holder comes down and screws in. You don't touch the socket itself.
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  • PaulAlcorn
    20017536 said:
    "It'll sure look good on a Mantle"
    FTFY ;-)

    The article is correct :)

    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/mantel-or-mantle

    :P
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