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CPU - AMD

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 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 TR4 and require a motherboard based on the AMD X399 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 3000 Series Socket AM4 Processors

AMD Ryzen 9 3000-series processors are the flagship models of the latest generation of AMD CPUs based on the Zen 2 architecture.

Featuring 12 physical cores plus a further 12 virtual cores 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 most Socket AM4 motherboards, but older motherboards may require a BIOS update before the CPU is installed.

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