AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and 1920X CPU Review

Author:Kyle Bennett

Date: Thursday , August 10, 2017

The day is finally upon us that many CPU enthusiasts have been waiting for. We get to see what AMD's new Threadripper CPU is all about in terms of performance, and in attempts to cool the beast. There has been no lack of hype for months now, so let's see if it is all justified.

Socket TR4

The new AMD socket TR4 is required for Threadripper CPUs. This socket system is extremely robust and well designed. It is built like a "brick house" as The Commodores would put it.

Below is our video on installing the Threadripper into the TR4 socket.

However, as discussed in the video above, there is a bit of Achilles Heel that you should be aware of. The TR4 socket is incredibly fragile when you get to the pins, I have worked with Land Grid Array (LGA) type sockets since these were first introduced and these are all fragile to a point. The simple idea is to never touch the pins down in the socket. But sometimes things go a bit sideways and these pins get bent. In the past, we have almost always been able to repair these on our test bench with needle nose tweezers and a magnifying light. That is not the case with the TR4.

The TR4 socket has 4,096 pins. To get all these pins into such a small space, these are incredible tiny and tremendously fragile. DO NOT TOUCH THE PINS. That said, if you follow the instructions, and do not pull the pin cover till you are ready to lay the CPU down into the socket, you have nothing to fear. The TR4 socket system and installation process is done incredible well. Where we goofed up was going to re-install the pin cover. I would suggest you never even try to do this. If you do uninstall your Threadripper, there is also a socket cover built to go where the orange CPU carriage would be when the CPU is not present. (The carriage is the frame around the CPU that guides it into the location mechanism properly.)

All Threadripper CPUs come with the needed Torx head torque wrench for installation as well as a mounting bracket that works with Asetek type liquid cooling AIO system.

We however have not been very happy with the Asetek manufactured cooler we got with our Threadripper review kit. We have already written up a full article that you can find here.

All of this had lead us to build our own DIY waterblock mounting for our testing used here today. That has also already been written up in its own article as well, with the video below.

We are going to fully discuss cooling later on.