AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Intel and AMD now share a similar model-naming scheme. The two main families of processors — Core and Ryzen, respectively — use 3, 5, 7, and 9 to differentiate the CPUs. The lower the number, the less capable the processor usually is. A Ryzen 3 processor won't be able to outpace a Ryzen 7, for example. And just like Intel, AMD keeps everything simple by only using a few model numbers, as well as the "X" suffix.

All you need to know about AMD Ryzen

AMD's new Zen architecture brought an array of new processors to consumers on the desktop. Here's what you need to know about this new line of Ryzen CPUs, as well as what this all means about the PC market.

Find out more about AMD's latest CPUs

Here's a quick breakdown of the different AMD Ryzen processor brackets:

Within each bracket, the processors are named by model number — the higher the model number the more powerful the CPU. For example, a Ryzen 3 1200 is less powerful than a Ryzen 3 1300X and a Ryzen 5 1400. An X suffix simply means it's a slightly faster version of that model out the factory. So, the Ryzen 7 1800X is stronger than the Ryzen 7 1800. The differences aren't huge and only represent a slight increase in factory-set clock speeds.

Ryzen CPUs that start with the number two are Zen+ processors, released in 2018. Third generation CPUs were announced in 2019. And those with a G suffix for graphics include Vega video processing, much like the majority of Intel CPUs. That means you can run a system without a dedicated video card. The Ryzen 5 2400G is one such CPU.

All AMD Ryzen CPUs use the same socket AM4. Threadrippers use a unique TR4 socket.

Picking the right CPU for your PC

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Ryzen 3

The Ryzen 3 is designed for budget-friendly PC builds and consumers who don't use their PCs for intensive applications. That said, the processors are all quad-core, sporting four physical cores, and as such, they don't slouch. You'd be able to build a capable gaming rig that can handle even big games.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

The Ryzen 3 2200G is a cracking entry-level CPU from AMD with integrated graphics processing. Not only do you not require an external GPU to get any output to a monitor, but the 2200G is a quad-core CPU with a boost of up to 3.7GHz.

1000 Series

Ryzen 3

Category 1200 1300X
Cores 4 4
Threads 4 4
Clock speed
Boost
3.1GHz
3.4 GHz
3.5GHz
3.7 GHz
Cache 2 MB
8 MB
2 MB
8 MB
GPU - -
TDP 65W 65W
Price $68 $125

2000 Series

Ryzen 3

Category 2200GE 2200G
Cores 4 4
Threads 4 4
Clock speed
Boost
3.2GHz
3.6 GHz
3.5GHz
3.7 GHz
Cache 2 MB
4 MB
2 MB
4 MB
GPU Vega 8 Vega 8
TDP 35W 65W
Price - $85

3000 Series

Ryzen 3 3200G

Category 3200G
Cores 4
Threads 4
Clock speed
Boost
3.6GHz
4.0 GHz
Cache 2 MB
4 MB
GPU Vega 8
TDP 65W
Price -

AMD's latest 3000 series comes rocking a boost clock speed of 4.0GHz, allowing you to get more done at the same affordable price.

Ryzen 5

Ryzen 5 is where things get interesting for AMD processors. These CPUs are priced aggressively to take on the popular Intel Core i5 family and are incredible for gaming. These processors are a mix of quadcore and hexacore processors, packing more than enough power for video editing and other intense workloads.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600

The Ryzen 5 3600 is the perfect mid-tier processor for gamers and those who need a capable CPU in general. The 3600X only has better factory-set clock speeds and a slightly higher TDP, though you can ramp up the 3600 to meet the performance of the 3600X.

1000 Series

Ryzen 5

Category 1400 1500X 1600 1600X
Cores 4 4 6 6
Threads 8 8 8 12
Clock speed
Boost
3.2GHz
3.4 GHz
3.2GHz
3.4 GHz
3.5GHz
3.7 GHz
3.4GHz
3.9 GHz
Cache 2 MB
8 MB
2 MB
8 MB
2 MB
16 MB
3 MB
16 MB
GPU - - - -
TDP 65W 65W 65W 95W
Price $126 $138 $117 $146

2000 Series

Ryzen 5

Category 2400G 2500X 2600 2600X
Cores 4 4 6 6
Threads 8 8 12 12
Clock speed
Boost
3.6GHz
3.9 GHz
3.6GHz
4.2 GHz
3.2GHz
3.6 GHz
3.6GHz
4.2 GHz
Cache 2 MB
4 MB
3 MB
16 MB
3 MB
16 MB
3 MB
16 MB
GPU Vega 11 - - -
TDP 65W 95W 65W 95W
Price $126 - $140 $160

3000 Series

Ryzen 5

Category 3400G 3600 3600X
Cores 4 6 6
Threads 8 12 12
Clock speed
Boost
3.7GHz
4.2 GHz
3.6GHz
4.2 GHz
3.8GHz
4.4 GHz
Cache 2 MB
4 MB
3 MB
32 MB
3 MB
32 MB
GPU Vega 11 - -
TDP 65W 65W 95W
Price - $199 $249

The new 3400G and 3600X processors are some pretty hot chips. You've got the latest Vega 11 in the former, while the latter comes with a whopping 32MB of L3 cache, making it ideal for intense workloads.

Ryzen 7

Much like the Core i7 Intel processors, the Ryzen 7 family may be overkill for most people, but it allows for advanced computing at a somewhat affordable price point. If you happen to have a capable GPU, you may find some benefit in picking up a Ryzen 7 CPU.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

For Ryzen 7, the new 3700X is an excellent CPU. Eight cores and 16 threads make easy work of most tasks thrown at the CPU and it's unlocked for additional headroom should you have adequate cooling.

1000 Series

Ryzen 7

Category 1700 1700X 1800X
Cores 8 8 8
Threads 16 16 16
Clock speed
Boost
3.0GHz
3.7GHz
3.4GHz
3.8GHz
3.6GHz
4.0GHz
Cache 4 MB
16 MB
4 MB
16 MB
4 MB
16 MB
GPU - -
TDP 65W 95W 95W
Price $220 $190 $240

2000 Series

Ryzen 7

Category 2700 2700X
Cores 8 8
Threads 16 16
Clock speed
Boost
3.2GHz
4.1GHz
3.7GHz
4.3GHz
Cache 4 MB
16 MB
4 MB
16 MB
GPU - -
TDP 65W 105W
Price $200 $260

3000 Series

Ryzen 7

Category 3700X 3800X
Cores 8 8
Threads 16 16
Clock speed
Boost
3.6GHz
4.4GHz
3.9GHz
4.5GHz
Cache 4 MB
32 MB
4 MB
32 MB
GPU - -
TDP 65W 105W
Price $329 $399

The new 3700X and 3800X are for serious productivity. A massive 32MB of L3 cache is joined by high clock speeds and great overclock support, particularly in the more pricy 3800X.

Ryzen 9

The Ryzen 9 family is AMD's latest batch of computing magic, packing in up to 12 cores and 24 threads and are a great middle ground between the Ryzen 7 and Threadripper.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

The Ryzen 9 family of CPUs is a new addition to AMD's desktop processor line-up, offering amazing levels of performance with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. Perfect for serious workloads.

3000 Series

Ryzen 9

Category 3900X 3950X
Cores 12 16
Threads 24 32
Clock speed
Boost
3.8GHz
4.6GHz
3.5GHz
4.7GHz
Cache 6 MB
64 MB
8 MB
64 MB
GPU - -
TDP 105W 105W
Price $499 $750 (Sept. 2019)

These new processors are exactly what gamers, streamers, and content creators need for optimal performance. Taking on Intel's Core i9 range, AMD is going all out in the war for system builders.

Threadripper

You probably won't need a Threadripper CPU, but it'll be awesome to have one. It's for advanced users only who need to push their systems beyond their limits. I'm talking up to 32 cores and 64 threads.

AMD Threadripper 2920X

Ryzen Threadripper is the range-topping family of CPUs from AMD. The 2920X is the entry processor and most affordable of the bunch, but don't let that fool you into assuming it's sluggish and doesn't cost much.

1000 Series

Threadripper

Category 1900X 1920X 1950X
Cores 8 12 16
Threads 16 24 32
Clock speed
Boost
3.8GHz
4.0 GHz
3.5GHz
4.0 GHz
3.5GHz
4.0 GHz
Cache 4 MB
32 MB
6 MB
32 MB
8 MB
32 MB
GPU - - -
TDP 180W 180W 180W
Price $300 $620 $700

2000 Series

Threadripper

Category 2920X 2950X 2970WX 2970WX
Cores 12 16 24 32
Threads 24 32 48 64
Clock speed
Boost
3.5GHz
4.3 GHz
3.5GHz
4.4 GHz
3.0GHz
4.2 GHz
3.0GHz
4.2 GHz
Cache 4 MB
32 MB
6 MB
32 MB
8 MB
32 MB
GPU - - - -
TDP 180W 180W 250W 250W
Price $542 $731 $1,204 $1,618

What do you get with the 2000 series Threadripper processors? Aside from excellent choice, you can go all out with up to 32 cores and 64 threads. If you need some serious computing performance, these are the chips for you.

The choice is yours

Which processor is perfect for your build depends on what you'll need the PC to do, as well as how much money is available. We rounded up the best processors for building a PC on different budgets.

The best CPUs for your desktop PC

When looking for a new CPU, it's easy to automatically go for the more expensive options expecting a return in performance, and you'd be correct in that assumption. However, the question is whether or not you need that kind of power and whether or not you really need to pay that much. See our collection of the best options based on a number of performance and price points.

Best CPUs for your next PC build

Other than that, the rule of thumb is to spend as much as you can, within reason. It's better to purchase a Ryzen 7 instead of a Ryzen 3 and then have to upgrade sooner, which will cost more in the long run.

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