Tired of Intel processors? This is a good time to jump ship as AMD8217;s Ryzen processors are far more competitive than its old FX chips. However, finding the right Ryzen CPU for your setup can be tricky, so we8217;re going to dig into the range to help track down the best AMD Ryzen CPU for your budget.
We8217;ll cover both desktop and laptop CPUs.
There are “3” series chipsets for entry-level buyers, the “5” series for the mid-range and “7”s for the high-end mainstream buyer. Those who want the best AMD Ryzen performance possible can also move up to AMD8217;s powerful Threadripper series.
You also need to bear in mind there are two generations of AMD Ryzen CPUs. You can tell which gen a chipset belongs to by looking at the first number of its model code, after the 3, 5 or 7. Is it a “1”, like the Ryzen 7 1800X? It’s part of the first gen. “2” tells you it’s part of the second, such as the Ryzen 5 2600X.
Unlike K-series Intel CPUs, processors with an X at the end of their names don8217;t have any huge bonus overclocking powers. You can overclock all Ryzen CPUs. However, they are slightly more powerful than their non-X counterparts, and some demand a bit more power.
If you see a “G” at the end of the model number, that means it has Vega graphics built in. If there8217;s no “G” that means there8217;s no GPU component at all, and you8217;ll have to get hold of a separate graphics card. You won8217;t even be able to plug in a monitor without one.
In this respect, AMD CPUs are different from Intel ones, which have baked-in basic graphics. However, AMD processors that do have Vega hardware all have more graphics power than Intel8217;s models. And if you are a gamer, buy one without a GPU section and you don8217;t get that nagging sense there8217;s hardware on board that8217;s going to waste.
Finally, there are a couple more letters to consider. See a “U”? that means it’s a laptop CPU, and you8217;re probably looking at a laptop product page. See an “E”? This means it8217;s a low-power, low-heat desktop CPU, which will run cooler and quieter, and can make do with a pretty puny power supply.
One of the neat parts of the second generation of Ryzen CPUs is they use the same socket as the first. This means owners of Ryzen systems can easily upgrade without having to change their motherboards.
It has Vega 8 graphics. No PC gamer will be impressed by the Vega 88217;s power, but you will still see up to double the frame rate in games compared with the Intel Core i3, which has UHD 630 graphics.
A Ryzen 3 2200G will play Fortnite at over 60fps at “medium” graphics. But if you want to play with “high” settings you8217;ll want a discrete graphics card. Still, this is a great solution for casual gamers that can save you a good amount of money.
Ryzen 3 2200GE — This is a lower-power version of the same CPU that only needs 35W power, not 65W. However, 65W TDP, which tells you the amount of heat it can create. It doesn8217;t mean the CPU draws 65W power, but is a reasonable indication of the level of power supply your computer will need.
Ryzen 3 1200/1300X — These are the first-gen Ryzen 3 chips. They don8217;t have integrated GPUs, though, and are probably only worth buying if you find them on sale cheap.
Best Ryzen CPU for a sensibly priced gaming PC
Ryzen 5 2600 — The step-down model is slightly less powerful and has a slightly worse cooler. However, if you have no intention of overclocking it may actually be a better option for many of you as it’s available for a tempting £150. Its TDP is lower too, so puts less strain on the system cooling as well.
Ryzen 5 2400G — This is the highest-end Ryzen with integrated graphics, Vega 11 in this case. Like the Ryzen 3 with GPU, it’s a good fit for casual gamers. But as the Vega 11 is still flattened by the entry-level GTX 1050, it can’t be considered real gamer8217;s hardware.
Most of us don8217;t need the extra power of a Ryzen 7 over a Ryzen 5. If you8217;re a gamer, you may be better off piling a little more money into your graphics card than spending more on a higher-end Ryzen.
However, some software packages can make good use of the many cores and high performance of the Ryzen 7 2700X rather well. Good examples include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Microsoft Excel and Maya.
Video editing, 3D modelling, hardcore spreadsheeting and image editing are the kind of apps that can actually test your system’s RAM and multi-threaded CPU power. These apps will like the Ryzen 2700X.
It8217;s an octa-core processor with 16 threads, 3.7GHz clock speed and 4.3GHz turbo. Make sure you factor in its TDP of 105W, though. However, this is only 10W higher than its Intel rival the i7-8700K, so it8217;s not suddenly going to melt motherboards.
Best Ryzen CPU for a laptop
The Ryzen sweet spot in the world of portable PCs is a slim and light laptop. Laptops with an AMD CPU tend to cost substantially less than Intel ones.
We love a laptop that offers a premium look and feel at a friendly price, so once again the Ryzen 5 is our pick of the day.
Something like the Ideapad 530S or Acer Swift 3 (AMD versions) gets you a fancy-looking laptop for under £700. And the Vega 8 graphics hardware inside is roughly twice as powerful as the Intel UHD 620 you get in an Intel Core i5-8250U laptop. Raw CPU power is comparable too.
AMD CPUs have fewer fans and inspire less buyer confidence than Intel CPUs, which is why AMD laptop prices are generally quite attractive.
These are ultra-high performance CPUs that are very expensive, and complete overkill unless your daily workloads include loads of hyper threading uses. If you8217;re a 3D modeller, a video editor or audio engineer/producer who for some reason needs scads of power, maybe a Threadripper is the right choice. Maybe.
As we8217;re dealing with top-end hardware, let8217;s look at the top-end model. It8217;s the Ryzen 2990WX, which has 32 cores and 64 threads, a 3GHz clock speed and 4.2GHz turbo. And it costs around £1650.
This is really more of a workstation processor, dressed up in the garb of one to be talked about on gaming forums. However, we can still marvel at its power, with up to 300% more of it than a Ryzen 7.
A desktop with a Ryzen 2200G makes a perfect family computer. It’ll have a reasonable amount of power, can be built cheaply and will be able to play games like Minecraft, Fortnite and older console-style titles as well.
Gamers looking to build their own PC should check out the Ryzen 5 series, which has enough grunt to pair with surprisingly powerful GPUS, without bottlenecks.
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