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How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your pc

In this article, we'll be discussing the important aspects to keep in mind when choosing the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your pc. I will explain to you why I don't just say any CPU but pinpoint the Ryzen series and no other of its competitors. AMD has taken the world by storm and encapsulated the gamers market worldwide with their unprecedented Ryzen series CPUs. finally, AMD has created some much-needed competition for intel by offering high core counts at lower prices.

Maneuvering themselves into the consumers ultimate go-to company when it comes to the huge empire that gaming is becoming. and as it stands it has taken a long time for intel to combat the massive technological power move and actually produce specs that are on par with AMD's.

The momentum that the AMD Ryzen series has gained in the meantime though has set them, leagues, ahead leaving there no question of which company you should look for for your CPU. only the all-important question of which CPU from AMD's Ryzen series is right for your computer?

What Ryzen CPUs Are There?

Kicking things off then. let's take a look at what Ryzen CPUs are out there? the Ryzen lineup similar to intel's core series is divided into the following brands. Ryzen free, the affordable budget models. Ryzen 5 is a mid-range model that offer good value. the Ryzen 7, the pricier performance-orientated model. and the Ryzen 9, which are the expensive enthusiastic grade of CPU models.

If you're wondering don't be enticed by the cleverly named number system of these CPUs. they actually have no meaning or relation to the models at all. it was just the copy strategy AMD took from intel's marketing team. because in essence, 3, 5, 7, and 9 sound a lot better than 1, 2, 3, 4.

Starting from the bottom definitely not to be mistaken for the least in any stead with the Ryzen 3 CPUs. offering the lowest core count of any Ryzen series but still operating with the incredible capabilities of running all the latest ''AAA'' titles. Ryzen 3 is a brilliant affordable solution. throwing a mid-range GPU into the mix like the GTX 1660 and some speedy ram the possibilities become endless.

So much so, you'll be playing assassin creed Valhalla just shy of 60 frames per second on ultra settings in no time. and of course, just bumping the settings down a bit for a stable run of 60 frames per second.

Moving up a level in the Ryzen series to the Ryzen 5 CPUs now I'm telling you this is where you will find the best value. Ryzen 5 is a mid-range solution that encompasses a perfect balance between price and performance and all the important future-proofing options Ryzen 5 has got you covered here. I will explain more about this later on in the article.

Okay so moving on up another level, in the series to the Ryzen 7 CPUs, now be prepared, the Ryzen 7 price point is quite a leap from the more balanced Ryzen 5 price range. so in reality the Ryzen 7 is definitely the less efficient option for a casual gamer. more suited in not only with its price and abilities to the high-end pc builds or workstations. the Ryzen 7 was created as a performance CPU that exceeds the requirements of most gamers.

Finally, we have reached the top level of the Ryzen series. introducing the Ryzen series 9 CPUs, two words for you total overkill this is the only way to describe the Ryzen 9 CPUs for a typical gamer. unless you were building the most high-end gaming pc known to man then yeah maybe the writing 9 would fit the bill. but for a CPU like the Ryzen 9, it would require a new graphics card like the RTX 3080 and even though they've been made available for consumers at a friendly price point.

The capacitors in these graphics cards have been causing some serious issues, so if these pair were an option for you letting the dust settle on the new Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards is probably the best before committing to them. you do also have the option of the Ryzen threadripper CPUs.

Although, they are perceived by many to be in their own series because they don't have many factors in common with the Ryzen lineup. very much like the epic CPUs which are also seen this way.

Core & Thread Count

Some of the most important specification information to know. when looking for which CPU is best for your pc is what the core and thread count is. these specs are definitely something you should be familiar with and understand how impactful they are?  here are the individual specs for each level of the Ryzen series CPUs.

The Ryzen 3 features, 4 cores and 8 threads on the right, and 5 CPUs come with 6 cores and 12 threads. the Ryzen 7 CPUs pack 8 cores and 16 threads and the Ryzen 9 CPU sit comfortably 12 cores and 24 frets, except for the Ryzen 3950x which features a grand total of 16 cores and 32 frets.

Core counts were the driving force behind propelling AMD into creating such futuristic technologies. they set a new precedence for the standard of core counts in the industry and this philosophy and the technological advances have shone through the Ryzen series.

The reason why AMD hit the jackpot with the core counts is because they are so quantifiable. it is simple mass 6 is bigger than 4 and the bigger the number the more cause to play with. each core and thread take on one task at a time. so quantify these elements and you start to create a multitasking oasis.

Enabling your pc to juggle numerous tasks at one given time. which is an ever progressing need as games become more advanced and demanding. for these evolving games how impactful are the core counts and threads? well, it is incredible, to say the least, what just a few core counts can produce as the 4 core counts in the write and free CPUs demonstrate.

For a budget build, there is no competition, the Ryzen 3 is the perfect option. the only reason they don't carry over into mid-range builds is just the lack of future-proofing with the Ryzen 3. 2020 has shown us the focal point for core counts was 6 cores. so mid-range builds are a perfect match with the Ryzen 5 CPUs.

A looking upper level and above in the series the Ryzen 7 CPUs 8 cores and 16 threads. in a normal build is just unneeded in most circumstances.

Clock Speeds & Overclocking

looking into clock speeds and overclocking which most of you probably have heard of. you guess it, this is also an important CPU spec concerning performance. measured in gigahertz clock speed is what tells you how many operations a single core can carry out in a second. the higher the clock speed the better the performance.

Although, having the CPU operate at a higher clock speed will also result in more heat generation. throwing gaming into the mix as always it's arguable that clock speed top core counts in the most important spec to take into consideration. this is an important element to keep in mind because under these aspects intel actually end up topping AMD.

In terms of game performance, Ryzen 5 CPUs feature a base clock speed of anywhere between 3.6 and 3.9 gigahertz. while the boost clock ranges between 3.9 to 4.7 gigahertz. all Ryzen CPUs have the ability to be overclocked in setting them to operate at higher clock speeds than they normally would.

For most casual gamers though when you overclock a CPU you in turn void the warranty. and sometimes create unstable elements to the system but there is a massive community for it being a hobby for some gamers to overclock. for the casual game as though all the Ryzen modern CPUs are good enough to run all the triple-a titles out of the box.

Moving on to the Verizon series as an entirety and you'll be interested to learn that it's not completely made up of CPUs. there are a few APUs in there as well.


If you are unfamiliar with the term an APU is just a fancy term for a processor that features a CPU and a GPU on the same die. in other words, APUs come with integrated graphics, and with the recent advancements in APU fields, the integrated graphics can be finely used for some true gaming.

They are capable of reaching perfectly playable frame rates. you may have to lower the resolution of the graphics and some games to get there but you can get there. for example, both Ryzen 3 3200g and the Ryzen 53400g can run Fortnite at well over 60 frames per second at medium graphics.

if keeping the budget down, is an important element for you APU's could be the way forward. although, please keep in mind that APUs do have a lower core count than regular Ryzen CPUs. so if it was not your intention to make use of the integrated graphics then getting an APU can be detrimental to the all-out performance.

Socket & Chipset

In all aspects of life, compatibility is vital for a smooth connection and process. this is exactly the same for CPUs and pc components as a rule and this is the next important point to keep in mind when shopping for a CPU. because after all, not every CPU is compatible with every motherboard. the two components need to have corresponding sockets to be able to work together but it's not all doom and gloom.

Because the ingenious element of the Ryzen series CPUs is that they all use the same am4 socket. excluding the threadripper, a seamless transition through the levels with the use of the same socket. as long as you make sure the chipset is also supported with the motherboard's chipset.

Letter Designations

Also, coming back to the importance of compatibility between components. now the common use of language in the majority of pc technology is the use of letter designations. a reason for this is that the letter can tell us important information about a CPU, just using a simpler term of displaying it. so learning their hidden meanings is extremely useful in knowing which CPU is right for your computer. models that end in x like the Ryzen 53600 x feature high clock speed and better overclocking potential than others without the x designation.

What generation CPU Should You Get?

So rounding things up with this question what generation CPU should you get? in this case, it is a balanced view, and if the newest CPU is definitely the one to jump to straight away. it is definitely not advisable that you upgrade the CPU every single time there is a new one that comes out.

CPUs are built to last up to five years before you encounter any signs of struggling when running the latest games. another element to this equation is to look at how big the performance gap is between the current and latest-gen CPUs. this can be a deciding factor in whether to stick or twist.

For example, the third generation of Ryzen CPUs offered a sizeable performance boost compared to the second-gen Ryzen CPUs. but this wasn't the case with the second and first generation of Ryzen CPUs. these 4000 series CPUs utilize the new zen-free architecture. this will be the last generation of the Ryzen CPUs to utilize the am4 socket.

So, if future-proofing is something you value a lot you might want to skip the Ryzen 4000 CPUs and wait for the Ryzen 5000 CPUs. in saying that though, if it is the case that you do need to replace your CPU no matter what then going for the newest model is the best way forward.

I say this in the knowledge that the CPU prices do not depreciate all that much with age. what little money you'd save by opting for an older CPU often isn't an indication of the performance you are losing out on.


Depending on your requirements, different Ryzen CPUs will appeal to different users. I build pcs to work to my own unique styles and needs and the same truth applies when choosing the right components for your unique build. there is no answer that will apply to everyone. to generalize though the Ryzen 5 CPU series has stood out in this article as the top contender for the best performance for the mid-range builds and casual gamers and the most cost-effective out of the lot.

They have enough cores to run all the latest aaa titles smoothly and some leftover for the sake of future-proofing. and unless you are getting a high-end GPU they won't cause a bottleneck either Ryzen 3 presents incredible value for those who need to keep to a budget not forgetting the new AMD APUs which will also work perfectly.

Just keep in mind only get an APU if you are not getting a discreet graphics card for your pc also. Ryzen 7 and especially the Ryzen 9 CPUs are more geared towards professional gamers. but the Ryzen 7 will not feel out of place in the high-end gaming rig either. as for which generation Ryzen series CPUs you should opt for you can never go wrong with the latest gen products.

Those who skipped the Ryzen 2000 series and patiently waited for the Ryzen 3000 series certainly got their money's worth. but keep your eyes peeled not every generational gap is going to be this huge. so guys thank you for visiting please leave me a comment down below on which of the Ryzen series CPUs you are going to get.

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