Threadripper 2990WX - 2950X & Wraith Ripper DIY Install

Author:Kyle Bennett

Date: Monday , August 20, 2018

Installing your new Threadripper is quite a bit different from any CPU you have likely encountered. However, it is a fairly easy task if you have seen it done before. Since we know many of you will be doing this for the first time, we have updated our Threadripper Installation DIY with a few tips and tricks that will get your on your way.

Threadripper 2990WX - 2950X & Wraith Ripper DIY Install

While you might be familiar with AMD Threadripper installation, we give you a full installation video from start to finish covering your 2950X and 2990WX CPUs along with the new Cooler Master Wraith Ripper air cooler install. We cover two different types of TIM installs and what we have found to work best for us. If you are thinking about building a new Threadripper system, we would suggest checking out our latest Threadripper Water Block review, as it has cumulative results from all the water blocks we have tested in the last year.

The biggest issue we have seen pop up with the installations on TR4 sockets is getting the #1 position screw to seat into the thread in order to get it started. I have run into this with one motherboard we have on the test bench now. Do not be afraid to "push down hard" on that #1 screw to get it started. If you have your Torx head driver seated properly into the screw head, it will not slip off and damage your motherboard.

That said, I would suggest completing your Threadripper install BEFORE you put it into the case. This way you can have it down on a solid surface which will lend to the entire operation being easier. Lay your motherboard board down on a solid surface and use something below it that is not rigid. Most of the videos you see us do, we use a yoga mat to work on. This keeps things from sliding around and gives us a surface with some give. Of course you can use a towel or something similar. Just make SURE you are grounding yourself when handling things in such a manner. A good way to do this is to plug your PSU into a grounded outlet and simply touch it before touching anything else in your work area.

Let us know if you have any questions, we will be happy to give you some advice on these installs. We have literally done hundreds of these installs in the last year.