AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X review

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Right, it is time to have a closer look at what is inside that packaging. Let's have a peek. Yeah, not your average processor in a box, eh?


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Last year the packaging needed to be "ripped" open. Confusing for some, this round it's a very nicely designed box which latches open pretty much like a Tupperware box.
 

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Once you've opened up the package and worked your way towards the processor you'll spot a number of things. The proc, an Asetek mounting bracket compatible with most Asetek LCS kits, manual and a Torx wrench so that you can mount the socket screws securely with precisely the right amount of pressure. Nothing here is like Intel is going about it with their drop-in design, the chances that installing your Threadripper is a risky thing are very slim. 
 

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So, here you have the new TR 2950X, this is a 180W based 16-core / 32-thread Threadripper beast. That orange retention clip stays on there as it slips into the processor socket mounting system. 
  

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Underneath that heatspreader there are two binned dies housed, AMD selects the top 5% of dies and uses them for Threadripper Gen2. Obviously, AMD is using the 32-core / 4 die EPYC package and adds as many dies as they need. Once again, the heatspreader has been soldered, so unlidding isn't recommended.

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Included with the AMD kit (and retail kits) is a Torx tool/wrench. It is very easy to use and prevents you from over-applying force while securing the Threadripper processor. 

 
 

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Basically, open up the slot and remove a plastic placeholder, then slide in the CPU, then push down the cover and it'll stick in the position you need it to be. 
 

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On that socket, you'll notice 1-2 and 3 at the screws. You start at 1, tighten it a bit. Then 2 and 3. Then secure it in that 1-2-3 setup. The Torx wrench will apply just the right amount of pressure. Once seated you obviously want to apply some cooling. Since we'll start off with the 32-core version, we're going for liquid cooling.


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Apply some thermal grease, I opt for a bit in the middle and a drop at roughly the die locations. That methodology never failed me. Don't be shy with the thermal paste, it's a big surface area to cover.
 

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