AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Review

Packaging and Overview

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

AMD make Threadripper packaging quite unusual and interesting, it’s a cylindrical container with a window in front which showcases the processors. Outer foam case protects the CPU container.

Inside we find the processors itself with some documentation, a Torx screwdriver for CPU socket mounts and an Asetek CPU bracket to use with any Asetek designed AIO CPU coolers.

The Ryzen Threadripper is huge with a build in plastic carrier frame SP3; in the back, we can see the two separate contact points cluster.

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC comes in a standard size motherboard box with a picture of the board on the front and detailed feature description at the back.

Inside we find a load ton of accessories, including interchangeable accent color plates, AC WiFi 1x card with two antenna, one two SLI bridge, SATA cables, some stickers, driver DVD, user manual, RGB extension cable and MSI also included a fan bracket for VRM heatsink, in case you need to add more cooling for VRMs.

The X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC inherent the same design language as MSI other Carbon Gaming boards, with all black design with Carbon fiber and silver accents.

The new TR4 socket is enormous and occupies the top center of the board flanked by quad RAM slots. We can also see the board has two 8-pin EPS connectors for power. MSI have acknowledged the VRM heating issue on the X299 boards and put a much bigger heatsink on X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, so we should expect much better temp on VRM this time.

Moving down, we find four 16x PCIe slots which metal reinforced and two 1x Slots for expansion. Between the PCIe slots, there are three M.2 slots which are covered by metal shield (M.2 SHIELD) to help with cooling. To power all those PCIe slots when populated MSI added a 6-pin auxiliary power connector.

MSI also added their updated audio solution featuring AUDIO BOOST 4 with NAHIMIC 2, MSI even goes as far as using separated layers in the PCB ensures equally pristine sound quality for both left and right audio channels. The built-in headphone amplifier can support headphones up to 600Ω impedance.

Down below, we find all front panel, RGB header and other connectors with the onboard power button, reset button and OC dial for quick overclocking. There is an internal USB 3.1 type-C front-penal header and postcode LED.

On the lower right side are the two USB 3.0 front-penal header, six SATA 3 right angle port, and two straight SATA ports.

The rear IO panel comprised of PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, clear CMOS button, BIOS Flashback button, two USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 gold-plated audio outputs wish S/PDIF out.