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CPU - AMD

The CPU is the central processing unit, literally the central component in a computer. It's responsible for processing instructions and controlling the other components. Many include basic on-board graphics processors too so you can power a display without needing a separate graphics card. Intel and AMD rule the desktop processor market, and each has 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 the high-end is home to 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 3 Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 3 processors are the entry-level models of the new generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen architecture. Featuring 4 physical cores, Ryzen 3 CPUs provide excellent performance in multithreaded applications such as video encoding or when running a couple of applications at once. 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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Tekspek An in-depth guide into tech: AMD Ryzen 3 Processor

AMD A-Series Socket AM4 APU Processors

These affordable APUs combine either a dual or quad-core CPU with integrated graphics based on the AMD Radeon architecture. These entry-level processors provide a good starting point for a home or office PC, and require a Socket AM4 motherboard based on the AMD chipset.

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AMD Athlon Socket AM4 NPU Processors

These processors provide quad-core performance at an affordable price and are a good starting point for a home or office PC. They require a Socket AM4 motherboard based on the AMD chipset.

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