A quick glimpse of the packaging reveals that the second generation of AMD Ryzen Threadripper is no average CPU. AMD has redesigned the packaging yet it still remains quite a spectacle.
Within, each of the CPUs is concealed within a plastic case/container and there is a mounting bracket for Asetek liquid coolers and a torx screwdriver which is required to access the TR4 socket on the X399 motherboard.
When using the mounting bracket – be sure to verify whether the intended cooler will sufficiently cover the entirety of the CPU. Certain manufacturers, have designed TR4-specific solutions in order to effectively cool these CPUs – Noctua are one such brand which offer a number of heatsinks designed for this platform, one of them being the NH-U14S TR4-SP3 which we used for this review.
Each CPU sits within a rention clip – something we saw with the original Threadripper Series. This clip works in conjunction with TR4. The sheer magnitude of either CPU is only fully appreciated in the flesh, both processors retain the gigantic size we were introduced to little over 18 months ago. We should note that the heatspreaders on these chips are soldered.