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Packaging and platform considerations
Each Threadripper chip will come in a massive box without a cooler. Instead, Threadrippers will come with a bracket for any recent Asetek-powered liquid cooler. That bracket will allow Threadripper builders to take advantage of a wide range of compatible liquid coolers from the word go. The Threadripper package will also include a torque wrench that builders will need to unlock and secure the CPU retention mechanism in the massive TR4 socket.

AMD expects that most builders will want to liquid-cool such a large and high-octane chip, but some of its partners will offer air coolers for those who want them. The company says options from Arctic Cooling and Cooler Master will be available at Threadripper's launch, and options from Noctua will follow later this year.

AMD will have X399 motherboards from all of the big four motherboard makers at launch: Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, and MSI. We don't have full details of the X399 chipset and its resources yet, but we'll know soon enough.

The Threadripper 1950X and Threadripper 1920X will be available August 10, followed by the Threadripper 1900X on August 31. We expect to have review hardware soon, and we'll have as thorough a performance picture as we can get for those parts by the August 10 launch. Stay tuned.

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