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Not sure which processor is right for you? Read our AMD CPU Buying Guide

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 9 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 9 5000-series processors are the flagship models of the latest 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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Tekspek An in-depth guide into tech: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

AMD Ryzen 7 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 5000-series processors are the high-end models of the latest 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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Tekspek An in-depth guide into tech: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

AMD Ryzen 5 5000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 5 5000-series processors are the mid-range models of the latest 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 Opteron Single Core Socket 940 Processors

The AMD Opteron™ processor, enabling simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing, represents the landmark introduction of the AMD64 architecture. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to run existing 32-bit applications with outstanding performance and offers customers a simplified migration path to 64-bit computing. This evolutionary processor provides a dramatic leap forward in compatibility, performance, investment protection, and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). The AMD Opteron processor is offered in three series: the 100 series (1-way), the 200 series (1 to 2-way), and the 800 series (up to 8-way).

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AMD Opteron Dual Core Socket 940 Processors

The AMD Opteron™ processor, enabling simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing, represents the landmark introduction of the AMD64 architecture. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to run existing 32-bit applications with outstanding performance and offers customers a simplified migration path to 64-bit computing. This evolutionary processor provides a dramatic leap forward in compatibility, performance, investment protection, and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). The AMD Opteron processor is offered in three series: the 100 series (1-way), the 200 series (1 to 2-way), and the 800 series (up to 8-way).

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AMD Opteron Dual Core Socket F Processors

Next-Generation AMD Opteron™ processors with Direct Connect Architecture introduce several new features including quad-core upgradeability, AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V™), and energy efficient DDR2 memory. In addition, Next-Generation AMD Opteron processors are designed to advance AMD’s performance-per-watt capabilities and leverage the proven technologies introduced in 2003 with first-generation AMD Opteron processors.

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