In the last few years, the AMD vs Intel battle has been heated up considerably, thanks in large part to the best AMD processors that have been Intel a run for its money. While Intel has traditionally taken the CPU crown in the past, AMD has slowly been getting to the top of the pile, even outselling Intel in the desktop space because of its Ryzen 2nd Generation chips.
AMD isn’t stopping anytime soon, either. It’s definitely looking to continue this trend with its Ryzen 3rd Generation processors, led by the Ryzen 9 3950X which will be the first 16-core processor to hit the mainstream market when it hits the streets in September. Luckily, the rest of the mainstream Zen 2 lineup is already out.
So among all the generations available right now, we gathered all the best AMD processors you can buy, from the budget Ryzen 3 2200G to the incredibly powerful Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX. We’ve tested all of these AMD processors ourselves as well, so you can be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. We even included our exclusive price comparison tool, so you know you’re getting the best deal.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Cores: 12 | Threads: 24 | Base clock: 3.7GHz | Boost clock: 4.6GHz | L3 cache: 64MB | TDP: 105W
Included heatsink may not be enough
The Ryzen 9 3900X is the most powerul mainstream processor in AMD’s lineup – or at least it will be until the Ryzen 9 3950X comes out. Without stepping up to the HEDT market, this processor absolutely destroys everything in its path with its multi-threaded performance, beating Intel at the same price. That is, despite this chip’s single core performance, which is still marginally slower than Intel. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on the mainstream market, you’ve found it.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Best AMD processor for gaming
Cores: 6 | Threads: 12 | Base clock: 3.6GHz | Boost clock: 4.2GHz | L3 cache: 16MB | TDP: 95W
Not quite a budget CPU
If you need a processor that will let you play the best PC games without breaking the bank, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X will take you a long way in gaming. With 6-cores, 12-threads and a boost clock of 4.2GHz, it should be more than powerful enough to handle most AAA games at any resolution. You won’t be able to play something like Battlefield V at 200 fps, but when you’re saving this much cash on one of the best AMD processors on the market, it’s hard to complain. Just make sure you pair it with a decent cooler, because it can get pretty toasty.
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AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Best AMD processor on a budget
Cores: 4 | Threads: 4 | Base clock: 3.5GHz | Boost clock: 3.7GHz | L3 cache: 4MB | TDP: 65W
Fast enough for an HTPC
Not the fastest chip
Building a home theater PC? The trick is to find affordable parts that won’t require a lot of power. With just a 65W TDP and a very approachable price tag, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is, without a doubt, among the best AMD processors for HTPC builds. This is a single-threaded chip, and doesn’t have the highest clock speeds, so it’s definitely not ideal for gaming. But, at this price point, it doesn’t need to be. Plus, if you’re just playing PC games in 1080p, you should be fine.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
Best high performance AMD processor
Cores: 16 | Threads: 32 | Base clock: 3.5GHz | Boost clock: 4.4GHz | L3 cache: 32MB | TDP: 180W
Good single-core performance
Cheap for HEDT
Any burgeoning PC hardware enthusiast is going to want to pay attention to this AMD processor. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950WX is probably the best intro to HEDT hardware you could ask for. It’s affordable too – for an HEDT chip, and its 4.4GHz boost clock across 16-cores and 32-threads means that it will give you formidable single and multi-threaded performance. It doesn’t come with a CPU cooler out of the box, but when you’re getting into this realm of PC hardware, you’re expected to bring your own cooler, anyway.
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
Cores: 32 | Threads: 64 | Base clock: 3.0GHz | Boost clock: 4.2GHz | L3 cache: 64MB | TDP: 250W
Better value than Intel
This is it, the big one. The Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the fastest of the AMD processors you can buy today, without dropping stacks on an Epyc chip. This absolute beast of a processor is furnished with 32-cores and 64-threads – not to mention, a boost clock of 4.2GHz. Combine all that with the massive 64MB of cache, and you’ve got in your hands one of the most powerful chips on the market on your hands. Just keep in mind, that with its 250W TDP, you’re going to need some serious cooling to keep temperatures in check.
Read the full review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
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