Socket TR4 installation

The installation of Ryzen Threadripper processor is very different from any other CPU, so you need to take a little attention.

The first step is to open the socket, releasing three Torx screws and lifting the metal frame. Under this frame, there is a rail where the CPU must be slided. In Figure 7, you see this frame lift and a plastic protection on the CPU place.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950XFigure 7: first step of the installation

After removing the plastic protection, just slide the CPU (with its orange frame) along the trail and then lower it until it snaps. This system avoids damaging the socket pins and assures the CPU will fit the right way.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950XFigure 8: CPU installed in the rail

Finally, lower the metal frame and fasten the three screws to hold it.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950XFigure 9: CPU installed

The Ryzen Threadripper comes with a frame adapter that fits common liquid cooling systems from several vendors. The CPU itself is so big that, after installing the block, part of the heatspreader stays out of the base, which may not cause problems because the heat is generated in the center of the CPU.

Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.