AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X & 1950X Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: August 9, 2017
Product Name: Ryzen Threadripper 1920X / 1950X Review
Warranty: 3 Years
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The Mother Of All Boxes & Installation Takes a Turn

There are specs and benchmarks aplenty to discuss Threadripper is also about the experience, every aspect of which makes it feel like a premium product. Unlike Intel’s “boring as beige” approach to their packaging scheme, Threadripper’s box seems to have been thought up by a marketing savant who was crossed with an industrial design perfectionist. It is absolutely brilliant and shows that AMD is going above and beyond the call of duty in their catering to enthusiasts and folks who will be “unboxing” these things on social media.

There’s a clear window into the box’s soul where you are able to see the processor. Actually getting inside involves turning an airlock-like knob at the rear once the actual acrylic box is separated from the protective embraces of its foam holder. At this point you’d almost expect a dramatic “pssssht” followed by smoke effects straight out of a Han Solo carbonite scene.

The knob is actually part of a pretty elaborate chip holder that has a massive Ryzen Threadripper processor nestled within. But the unboxing process doesn’t end there either since the next step is to not-so-gently tug on the metallic spring mechanism which puts pressure on the clamshell casing and then finally press the two plastic tabs to lift off the outer protective shell. Yeah, AMD is asking you to jump through some hoops here but it sure as hell beats out what the other guys are offering.

The processor itself is not only massive but it also comes cradled in a secondary orange plastic sleeve which just adds to the visual bulk. However, don’t think this is just for show; the plastic bracket actually plays a key role during the installation process and should never be removed. More on that below.

Below the processor lies an installation manual (you’ll likely want to take a look at it since installing Threadripper is a unique experience) as well as two key tools. There’s a Torx style screwdriver with an automatic stop function to insure you don’t over-tighten the CPU retention plate. It is also used to loosen the three screws which hold down the socket bracket to prepare the area of reception of a CPU.

An adapter bracket for most Asetek-sourced liquid coolers is also included. Head over to AMD’s microsite to check out which coolers are compatible. https://www.amd.com/en/thermal-solutions-threadripper That retention bracket may end up being a key selling point since due to Threadripper’s thermal output and IHS size, most current air and AIO coolers are simply incompatible. This bracket gives the socket immediate compatibility with nearly 30 current liquid coolers. Air-based heatsinks from Noctua and others are on their was as well.

Due to its gargantuan size, Threadripper certainly isn’t easy to manipulate so AMD borrowed a book out of HP’s solution book. Whereas HP had their so-called “Smart Socket” to facilitate installation, this version of Ryzen has the same style of chassis protection that also acts as a type of sled which slides into the TR4 retention bracket and then clicks into place.

The next step is to lower the Threadripper processor within its retention bracket and push down the two blue tabs until they too click into place.

The final step is to simply reuse the supplied Torx screwdriver to tighten down the main retention plate by following the simple to understand “1, 2, 3” order engraved on the bracket.

While this installation process may seem to be a bit convoluted and it certainly isn’t idiot proof (some nimrods have already posted “how to” guides that have the orange caddy removed), we have to appreciate AMD’s approach. Installing large processors can lead to unforeseen issues and this clearly explained procedure should alleviate any hiccups.

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