AMD Threadripper Delidded, with a Multi-Core Surprise Under the Hood

One of the topics we’ve been covering in the past month is the behavior of the Core i9-7900X when overclocked, as well as the performance characteristics of the X299 chipset. In both cases, Intel has been criticized. First, for a CPU that traps a great deal of heat below the heatspreader, thanks to the use of thermal paste instead of solder, and second, for X299 board specs that apparently allow motherboard manufacturers to use poor VRM cooling.It’s not clear who’s actually responsible for the latter issue. It could be that Intel didn’t provide the necessary platform documents within a reasonable manufacturing window, or it could be that motherboard manufacturers made their own assumptions about product specs and wound up with VRMs that run too hot for their own on-board cooling solutions. Either way, it’s not a great look.Now, veteran high-end overclocker der8auer has moved over to the Threadripper side of

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