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The CPU (Central Processing Unit) or processor, is arguably the most important component in a computer. It's responsible for processing instructions and controlling the other components. Many CPUs include basic on-board graphics too so you can power a display without needing a separate graphics card. AMD's new performance Ryzen processors offer a wide range of models suited to different tasks and budgets. Low-end, dual-core chips can be had for £25 or even less, but are only well-matched to basic tasks, while high-end Ryzen CPUs are multi-core, high-frequency monsters that can tear through the world's most intensive software. Before buying, ensure you've got a compatible motherboard and a cooler that can take the heat.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO WX Socket TR5 Processors

AMD generation Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7000WX CPUs feature feature the Zen 4 architecture and improved performance over 3rd gen CPUs and up to 96 cores with SMT technology and so can process up to 192 threads in parallel. This makes these ultra high-end processors ideal for heavily multi-threaded applications such as video encoding and 3D rendering or running lots of applications at once. These multi-core CPUs support ultra-fast eight-channel DDR5 memory and with 128 PCIe 5.0 lanes can support multiple graphics cards and other devices such as NVMe SSDs, RAID controllers, sound cards and NICs. These high-end CPUs use the special Socket TR5 and require a motherboard based on the AMD WRX90 chipset. It is worth mentioning that a TRX50 chipset can also be used with Threadripper PRO 7000 CPUs, but the CPU will be limited to quad-channel memory and 48 PCIe lanes.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Socket TR5 Processors

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000X CPUs feature the Zen 4 architecture and improved performance over 3rd gen CPUs and up to 64 cores with SMT technology and so can process up to 128 threads in parallel. This makes these ultra high-end processors ideal for heavily multi-threaded applications such as video encoding and 3D rendering or running lots of applications at once such as gaming and streaming. These multi-core CPUs support ultra-fast quad-channel DDR5 memory and with 48 PCIe 5.0 lanes can support two graphics cards and other devices such as NVMe SSDs, RAID controllers, sound cards and NICs. These high-end CPUs use the special Socket TR5 and require a motherboard based on the AMD TRX50 chipset.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Gen. Socket TRX4 Processors

AMD 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs feature improved performance over 1st gen and 2nd CPUs and up to 32 cores with SMT technology and so can process up to 64 threads in parallel. This makes these ultra high-end processors ideal for heavily multi-threaded applications such as video encoding and 3D rendering or running lots of applications at once. These multi-core CPUs support ultra-fast quad-channel DDR4 memory and with 64 PCI-E lanes can support multiple graphics cards and other devices such as RAID controllers, sound cards. These high-end CPUs use the special Socket TR4X and require a motherboard based on the AMD TRX40 chipset.

Some 3rd gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have a very high TDP. Please ensure that your motherboard and CPU cooler are adequate before installing the CPU.

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AMD Ryzen 9 7000 Series Socket AM5 Processors

AMD Ryzen 9 7000-series processors are the flagship models of the 5th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture.

Featuring up to 16 cores and 32 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 9 CPUs deliver outstanding performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 600-series Socket AM5 motherboards.

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AMD Ryzen 7 7000 Series Socket AM5 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 7000-series processors are the high-end models of the 5th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture.

Featuring up to 8 cores and 16 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 7 CPUs deliver excellent performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 600-series Socket AM5 motherboards.

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AMD Ryzen 5 7000 Series Socket AM5 Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 7000-series processors are the mid-range models of the 5th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture.

Featuring up to 6 cores and 12 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 5 CPUs deliver compelling performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 600-series Socket AM5 motherboards.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 9 5000-series processors are the flagship models of the 4th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture.

Featuring up to 16 cores and 32 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 9 CPUs deliver outstanding performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 500-series Socket AM4 motherboards and some 400-series motherboards with a BIOS update before the CPU is installed.

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AMD Ryzen 7 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 5000-series processors are the high-end models of the 4th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture.

Featuring up to 8 cores and 16 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 7 CPUs deliver excellent performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 500-series Socket AM4 motherboards and some 400-series motherboards with a BIOS update before the CPU is installed.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 5000-series processors are the mid-range models of the 4th generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture.

Featuring up to 6 cores and 12 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 5 CPUs deliver compelling performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 500-series Socket AM4 motherboards and some 400-series motherboards with a BIOS update before the CPU is installed.

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AMD Ryzen G 8000 Series AM5 Processors

AMD Ryzen 8000-series processors share the same 5th generation design as AMD CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture but have improved graphics. The more powerful Radeon 700M-series integrated GPU enables them to play games at 1080p at low to medium settings without having to invest in a discrete graphics car

Featuring up to 8 cores and 16 threads courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 8000 CPUs deliver great performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding and lightly threaded software such as games as well. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

These CPUs are compatible with 600-series Socket AM5 motherboards.

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