CPU - AMD

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 Socket TR4 Processors

AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs feature up to 16 cores with SMT technology and so can process up to 32 threads in parallel. This makes them ideally suited for heavily multithreaded 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 TR4 and require a motherboard based on the AMD X399 chipset.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 7 processors are the first of the new generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen architecture. Featuring 8 physical cores plus a further 8 virtual cores courtesy of SMT technology Ryzen 7 CPUs deliver excellent performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding. As long as you have a compatible motherboard and sufficient cooling you can further boost the performance of these processors by overclocking too.

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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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