Threadripper 2000 Series Unboxing: What Comes With AMD's 32-Core Monster?

What A Creation

If there's one thing we like nearly as much as exotic cooling, its proper VRM cooling. The Skylake-X debacle taught us all a lesson in VRM cooling, but MSI is better prepared this time around. The MEG Creation features massive beefy heatsinks over the 19-phase digital power delivery subsystem, along with dual-eight-pin connectors and ten PWM fan connections. The large heatsink over the chipset conceals three M.2 slots. Yes, three.

Other accommodations include eight USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, dual Ethernet LAN ports, two Wi-Fi antenna ports, five audio jacks, an optical S/PDIF out, a reset button, and a power button.

To The ROG Extreme

ASUS isn't sitting on the sidelines, either. The company's ROG X399 Zenith Extreme isn't new, but it did come with ASUS's new Zenith Extreme cooling kit. This handy kit includes a beefy heatsink for the SOC power delivery and a fan that you can attach to the VRM heatsink nearest the TR4 socket. The combination provides the board with beefier cooling capacity, which in turn kicks the eight-phase digital VRM circuitry and three-phase SOC power delivery up a notch. That should provide extra headroom for some Threadripper overclocking action, but we'll we'll have to put it to the test to make sure.

Oh, and it has LEDs. Lots of LEDs.

Fire Up, Or Cool Down, The Chiller

Thirty-two cores, 64-threads, and a rumored 250W TDP at stock settings. That sounds like a recipe for some serious heat when we start tweaking the voltage. We have our chillers at the ready: Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.

Paul Alcorn
Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech

Paul Alcorn is the Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech for Tom's Hardware US. He also writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage, and enterprise hardware.

  • CalHob
    Picture 11 of 15: Image shows 1613 g (or 1.613 kg) and text says 1.6 pounds ... not consistent units.
  • Bluemax
    Nice article. Does the Wraith Ripper have fans inside? Or is it a passive cooler? Also did you like the first Threadripper packaging? Or do you like this packaging better?
  • GeoffCoope
    So looking forwards to this as a render slave. Not bothered about overclocking but certainly want to know if it can run flat out at stock speeds 24/7
  • GeoffCoope
    Also need a motherboard that can take this 32core cpu and 3 or 4 x GTX 1080Ti's. Hybrid rendering with CPU+GPU is part of my render pipeline.
  • pensive69
    this thing is such a monster why put it into a MB at all?
    just a watertight box you can plunk into the fridge and
    a long flat data and power cable to run back to the case and
    PS connectors.
  • bryankoh6
    What a MONSTER! @Bountie #Bountie #PlayTrends
  • mlee 2500
    21208385 said:
    So looking forwards to this as a render slave. Not bothered about overclocking but certainly want to know if it can run flat out at stock speeds 24/7

    Seems like maybe that would be the perfect sort of application for this chip.
  • trooprm31
    What ram sticks are those? Somebody please tell me, thanks!
  • redgarl
    Would be nice to see this for an AI and Machine Learning machine. You should look into it. 4 Titan Tesla + 32 Cores TR.
  • g-unit1111
    32 cores? That is insane! l wonder what the MSRP on this monster CPU is going to be?:ouch: