AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Review 56

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X Review

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Unboxing and Photography


The Ryzen 9 5950X comes in a fairly large paperboard box. The face of the box features a brushed metal appearance, as opposed to the carbon fiber appearance of the Ryzen 3000 series box. There are enough pointers to let you know you're buying a Ryzen 5000-series part. A small cutout on the side shows the actual processor inside the package.

Processor front view
Processor back view

The processor looks like any conventional AMD CPU with a large IHS dominating the top, and a 1,331-pin micro-PGA in the bottom. The "Zen 3" CCD chiplet is made in Taiwan and the I/O die in the US, and the two are put together at a facility in China.

Processor installed in motherboard

The retail Ryzen 9 5950X box does not include a cooler. Luckily, it can be paired with a fairly big selection of AM4-compatible coolers that have been released since 2017. Just make sure the cooler can handle thermal loads of at least 105 W.
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