TOP 7. Best AMD CPU. July 2020. Rating! Which one should I choose?

 Hello, everyone! If you decide to upgrade your computer with an AMD processor, or build a new assembly based on it, this video will help you make the best choice. As you may have guessed, today we’re reviewing the 7 best AMD processors, their main characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.

Ryzen 9 3900X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen 2
  • Lithography: 7nm
  • Cores: 12
  • Threads: 24
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.8GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.6GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 105W

 Recently it seemed impossible to find an affordable 12-core processor on the market, but AMD turned this desire into reality with the release of the Ryzen 9 3900X. At the same time, the presence of a large number of processing cores of this processor is not an attempt to compensate for insufficient single-threaded performance or high delays during data processing. On the contrary, thanks to the Zen 2 microarchitecture, AMD has made significant progress in these areas, so the 9 3900X seems to be a universal high-performance model that perfectly proves itself in almost any task. So, during testing, the AMD’s flagship turned out to be much faster than the 8-core Core i9-9900K in demanding tasks, and sometimes even surpassed the 12-core i9-9920X.

However, in terms of gaming performance, this processor is still behind competitors from the “green camp”. You might experience little difference in speed when compared with its relatives with fewer cores. Therefore, you can save a lot by choosing an 8 or even 6 core model of the Ryzen 3000 series for gaming assembly, and the frame rate will not be particularly affected.

Although AMD is moving toward increased gaming performance, the Ryzen 9 3900X is still slower in this regard than the Core i7-9700K or the i9-9900K. Therefore, this processor is an ideal solution if it is used primarily for work, and only then for games, but not vice versa.

Ryzen 7 3800X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen 2
  • Lithography: 7nm
  • Cores: 8
  • Threads: 16
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.9GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.5GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 105W

 The new generation of 8-core AMD processors is an extremely attractive offer. One of the most interesting options in this line is the Ryzen 7 3800X. The underlying architecture of Zen 2 is a huge success of the AMD developers. The marketers of this company are ready to share it with users for a very reasonable price. This model really offers performance at the level of the Core i9-9900K in scenarios that require powerful processor resources, for example, when processing content, rendering or in computing applications. At the same time, the processor has a noticeably lower cost and lower power consumption.

I should also note that the new generation Ryzen has significantly reduced its lag behind Intel in terms of gaming performance. The eight-core processor from AMD is a worthy choice both for the gaming system and for professional assembly.

This processor, unlike related models, has a good overclocking potential. As testing shows, its operating frequencies relative to the nominal mode are easily increased by 100-200 MHz using the Precision Boost Override option. In manual mode the frequencies can be increased to 4.3 GHz.

However, even without overclocking, the Ryzen 7 3800X has excellent computing performance, which will be more than enough for most users.

Ryzen 7 3700X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen 2
  • Lithography: 7nm
  • Cores: 8
  • Threads: 16
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.6GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.4GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 65W

 The Ryzen 7 3700X is the next generation 8-core processor with good frequencies in the base and turbo modes. It is equipped with 32 MB cache in the third level and supporting SMT technology. At the same time, despite the large number of cores and threads, there is a thermal package of only 65 W in this model. The processor also supports the DDR4-3200 and can work with 32 GB modules. So if necessary, the platform can be equipped with 128 GB of RAM.

In general, this model, like the entire Ryzen 3000 line, met most of the expectations. It seriously increased both multithreaded and single-threaded performance, became more economical, and also got rid of many of the shortcomings of the memory controller.

As a result, this processor surpasses its competitors in the vast majority of resource-intensive tasks of both low-threaded and multi-threaded nature. It is second only to scenarios where the speed level depends on delays in accessing data. In other words, this representative of the Ryzen 3000 family will be especially good for creating content and creative applications, as well as for other tasks of a professional nature. Although compared to its predecessors, the gaming performance of the Ryzen 7 3700X has improved markedly, but compared with competitors from Intel the difference is still noticeable.

Among the shortcomings, one can single out the almost complete absence of overclocking potential in this model and non-ideal energy efficiency.

Ryzen 5 3600X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen 2
  • Lithography: 7nm
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.8GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.4GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 95W

 Thanks to the Zen 2 microarchitecture, AMD has significantly improved the consumer qualities of its new line. I especially want to highlight the 6-core processors, which offer the best price-performance ratio in their price category, for example, like the Ryzen 5 3600X. At the same time, I’m talking not only about resource-intensive applications, but also about modern games. So, in the processing of digital content the 5 3600X is ahead of any representative of the Core i5 line and shows performance at the level of the Core i7-8700K. As for the game load, its performance can be compared with the Core i5-9400.

The only thing that can cause some dissatisfaction is the fact that this processor is very poorly overclocked. Te AMD developers twisted the frequencies to almost maximum values, so fans of an overclocker drive should better focus on, for example, the Core i5-9600K.

All in all, this is a great option for upgrading a system built on a first-generation Ryzen processor. This six-core has Socket AM4 and is compatible with most older motherboards. At the same time, it provides performance at the level of the flagship Ryzen 1800X, even in demanding multi-threaded applications. In addition, the gaming performance of the Ryzen 5 3600X also increased significantly after changing the microarchitecture.

I remind you that all the current prices for all the processors reviewed in the video can be found by clicking on the links that I left in the description below the video.

Ryzen 5 3500X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen 2
  • Lithography: 7nm
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 6
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.6GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.1GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 65W

 The Ryzen 5 3500X is a budget 6-core, which was originally intended for the Chinese market – and few thought it would appear on sale anywhere else. Nevertheless, AMD decided to change its policy, and this processor can now be found in other markets.

This six-core processor has stripped-down specifications, so it can not be called as attractive as the senior representatives of the third generation of the Ryzen family. Due to the disconnection of the SMT technology, this model, compared to the regular Ryzen 5 3600, is slower by about 30% in multi-threaded mode and by 12% in games. In resource-intensive applications, the processor is noticeably worse than the Ryzen 5 2600X 6-core, which is similar in terms of cost and has an older Zen + microarchitecture. Unlike the older processors with six cores, it cannot compete adequately in games with the Core i5-9400 or the i5-9400F.

Nevertheless, if we talk about resource-intensive tasks, the Ryzen 5 3500X surpasses the Intel’s offers in this price category. But if you are building a gaming system, keep in mind that the gaming performance of this processor is one level lower than its competitors from the “green” camp.

Ryzen 5 2600X

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen+
  • Lithography: 12nm
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.6GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.2GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 95W

 The Ryzen 5 2600X is another 6-core processor that has not undergone global changes compared to the previous generation. It supports RAM with a frequency of more than 3200 MHz, smooth auto-acceleration, faster response of memory and caches, as well as an increased clock frequency.

Although AMD involved advanced production technologies with a 12 nm manufacturing process when releasing Ryzen with Zen+ architecture at that time, they had fewer positive changes than expected. The DDR4 SDRAM controller and the Infinity Fabric bus migrated to Zen+ from the previous design, along with their shortcomings and limitations. The general structure of the processes and the microarchitecture of the cores generally remained without significant changes.

Therefore, the only tangible advantage of Zen+ was the increased frequency potential, which the AMD engineers were able to convert into a fairly noticeable 10% increase in performance. They can also be proud of the adaptive turbo mode implemented in this architecture: the XFR2 and Precision Boost 2 are very impressive technologies that allow this six-core processor to adjust the frequency to the current load very flexibly and prevent idle operation in scenarios where the use of all cores is not required.

Despite the lower gaming performance than competitors and a rather modest overclocking potential, the Ryzen 5 2600X is quite worthy of taking its place in modern assemblies for both gaming and professional purposes.

Ryzen 5 1600AF

  • Soket: AM4
  • Zen+
  • Lithography: 12nm
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Processor Base Frequency: 3.2GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.6GHz
  • Multiplier: yes
  • TDP: 65W

 And the last on our list is the Ryzen 5 1600AF. This is very different from the original model and, in fact, it is a budget version of the Ryzen 5 2600.

This six-core processor with 12 threads and Zen+ architecture primarily draws attention to its affordable price. As I mentioned, in fact, this is a Ryzen 5 2600 with slightly reduced clock speeds. At the same time, it has an unlocked multiplier and has quite good overclocking potential. You can increase the frequency of this processor to about 4.2 GHz. This is probably the maximum result you can hope for, given that this is a relatively old model.

The 5 1600 AF is not only faster and cheaper than its original model when comparing their performance and factory specifications. It also has higher overclocking potential. As for the power consumption of this processor, it is at the Ryzen 5 2600 level. At the same time, due to the lower clock frequencies, this indicator can be even less.

The Ryzen 5 1600 AF is a great option for users who want to build a budget system. Prior to its appearance, the Ryzen 5 2600 was the most profitable solution on the market. Now the 1600 AF has taken its place, having almost the same characteristics and at the same time significantly lower cost. In the budget segment, in terms of price and performance, this processor is one of the best.

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