Published: 29th July 2017 | Source:MSI How-To | Author: Mark Campbell
How to install an X399 CPU
At the time of writing AMD's latest X399/Threadripper CPUs have not been released to the public, at least in the form of standalone CPU/motherboard products.
When considering a new CPU platform there are many factors to consider, whether the specifications are suitable for your particular use case and whether or not your product is easy to instal and utilise in your existing workflow. Yes, most people will battle through a difficult instal or system build to access more performance later, but ease of use is certainly a worthy consideration.
MSI has released a new video that details how X399 CPUs should be installed, with this new series from AMD offering with it a mounting system that will look foreign to anyone outside of the enterprise market. The following video will show you how to install and AMD X399 CPU, using an instal process that will require the user to have a Torx-bit screwdriver.
Previously, many sites alleged that AMD's TR4 socket would have a more user-friendly version of AMD's EPYC SP3 socket, though this doesn't seem to be the case. Let's hope that AMD ship all required tools with their X399 CPUs, as it would be exceptionally annoying to need to buy a new screwdriver kit after attempting to install a $799+ CPU.
X399 is a complex socket, but it is designed for users whose system requirements are much higher than average. If you don't need the extra CPU cores or PCIe lanes provided by Threadripper, AM4/Ryzen may turn out to be a better option.
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