AMD Processors Buyers Guide

What is an AMD CPU / Processor ?

Serving as the brain of any PC, the Central Processing Unit, or the CPU, is one of the most important components to consider when buying or building a new DESKTOP COMPUTER. Proving that Intel isn’t the only option for desktop users, AMD has brought stern competition to the marketplace with the launch of its award-winning Ryzen processors. Based on the cutting-edge Zen architecture and designed to usher in an era of many-core computing, Ryzen CPUs offer a tempting blend of multi-tasking capabilities at attractive price points. Another thing to consider when choosing the right CPU is making sure you choose a compatible MOTHERBOARD and we’ll indicate this for each processor family as we go through them. AMD is constantly updating their product range which could make it confusing to know if you’re buying the latest and greatest version.

The easiest way to tell is to look at what architecture the processor is, this essentially refers to the generation of that product which you’ll always find in the product description and in this buyers guide we’ll highlight which is the latest architecture for each processor family.

From A6 to Ryzen Threadripper CPUs

To help consumers pick an AMD processor, their chips are split into unique families whose characteristics best represent.

AMD A6, A8 and A10 Processors
Entry Level
Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5
Mid Range
Ryzen 7 and Ryzen Threadripper
High End

AMD A6, A8 and A10 Processors

AMD A6, A8 and A10 Processors

AMD’s entry-level CPUs comprise three sub families, the dual-core A6, quad-core A8 and more capable quad-core A10. These CPUs are best suited to light computing tasks such as web browsing, online communication, streaming multimedia content and word processing.

All of these processors have integrated graphics, which means you don’t need to invest in a separate graphics card, saving you money.

Gaming 2
Virtual Reality 0
Content Creation 3
Multitasking 3
Value 7
0 5 10

Latest achitecture Bristol Ridge

Compatible motherboardsAMD X470 / AMD X370 / AMD B350 / AMD A320

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AMD Ryzen 3 Processors

AMD Ryzen 3 Processors

Entering into the mid-range territory, the AMD Ryzen 3 is a sizeable step up from the A-series CPUs because these CPUs are quad core. They offer a perfect solution for editing photos, creating videos, streaming 4K multimedia, multi-tasking and playing the latest games in VR.

Look out for Ryzen 3’s with a G on the end of the name as these integrated graphics, which means for a casual GAMING PC you don’t need to invest in a separate graphics card, saving you money.

Gaming 4
Virtual Reality 2
Content Creation 5
Multitasking 5
Value 8
0 5 10

Latest achitecture Pinnacle Ridge

Compatible motherboardsAMD X470 / AMD X370 / AMD B350 / AMD A320

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AMD Ryzen 5 Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 Processors

Ryzen is all about more cores, thus more performance, at minimal cost, and to that end Ryzen 5 opens the door to faster PCs. Armed with up to six cores Ryzen 5 is a stellar choice for gamers and content creators alike, Ryzen 5’s many-core approach is ideally suited to demanding multi-threaded workloads such as video editing, virtual reality and juggling multiple apps at any one time.

Look out for Ryzen 5’s with a G on the end of the name as these integrated graphics, which means for a casual gaming PC you don’t need to invest in a separate graphics card, saving you money.

Gaming 6
Virtual Reality 5
Content Creation 6
Multitasking 6
Value 7
0 5 10

Latest achitecture Pinnacle Ridge

Compatible motherboardsAMD X470 / AMD X370 / AMD B350 / AMD A320

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AMD Ryzen 7 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 Processors

Want to experience 4K video, virtual reality and the latest games without breaking a sweat? The eight-core Ryzen 7’s multitasking prowess makes it an ideal fit for content creators and PC enthusiasts seeking high-end performance without breaking the bank.

Gaming 7
Virtual Reality 7
Content Creation 7
Multitasking 6
Value 7
0 5 10

Latest achitecture Pinnacle Ridge

Compatible motherboardsAMD X470 / AMD X370 / AMD B350 / AMD A320

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors

Want the very best that AMD has to offer? Then look no further than Ryzen Threadripper. Designed as a showcase of today’s many-core computing experience, Threadripper offers up to 32 physical cores from a single chip.

Want to render, compile, stream, encode and play? Ryzen 7 is perfectly capable. Want to render, compile, stream, encode and play at the same time? Then Ryzen Threadripper is where it’s at.

Gaming 8
Virtual Reality 9
Content Creation 9
Multitasking 9
Value 5
0 5 10

Latest achitecture Pinnacle Ridge

Compatible motherboardsAMD X399

View all Ryzen Threadripper Processors

Summary

Still not sure which AMD CPU is right for you? This table shows the key characteristics, rated out of 10, of the main processor families.

A6 / A8 / A10 Ryzen 3 Ryzen 5 Ryzen 7 Ryzen Threadripper
Gaming 2 4 6 7 8
Virtual Reality 0 2 5 7 9
Content Creation 3 5 6 7 9
Multitasking 3 5 6 6 9
Value 7 8 7 8 5

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