A Closer Look
As with most non-retail samples, ours came in Intel’s generic black processor box.
Inside the CPU is sandwiched between ESD safe foam blocks.
The review sample of the Core i7-7820X in all its confidential glory!
The rear of the CPU shows 2066 pads to mate to the sockets 2066 pins.
A side by side comparison to its twin of yesteryear. i7-5960X on the left, i7-7820X on the right. Both 8 cores, and both a lot of fun. Intel has a rather unique heat spreader design on the new CPU’s.
Looking from the side, you can see the cpu heat spreader is a quite complex and covers a multi-layer substrate under the actual CPU die.