How much are the new AMD Ryzen processors compared to the Intel Core and which one can buy for your PC or to change computers.

Almost always in computer sites, when computers are recommended to buy, the most important choice is the one related to the processor, which then depends on the motherboard (which must support the attack that has the CPU) and the other pieces to follow.

The various models of PC processors are divided into two large families, Intel processors and AMD processors.

For at least a decade, the rule is that if you have money to spend you have to choose an Intel processor, while AMD has always been the economic brand.

Lately, however, things are changing thanks to the launch of the series of CPU Ryzen AMD, which have been proposed with discrete commercial success and favor of criticism, as value alternatives to the Intel Core series.

Today’s question is therefore:Is it worth buying a new AMD Ryzen processor for your PC or changing computers by taking one with an AMD processor instead of Intel?

To answer briefly let’s say a good Si , it is absolutely worthwhile to bet on an AMD CPU today to have a high-level PC spending less, but to deepen the discussion it is advisable to have a clear overview on the state of computers from home or desktop and evolution of hardware in recent years.

The big problem in the choice of the CPU / motherboard combination is all centered in the socket , that is, in the socket with which the processor attaches to the motherboard.

The class of Ryzen processors that was launched in 2017 uses the AM4 socket, very recent and probably incompatible with each motherboard released before 2016.

Buying a new processor, therefore, also means to change the motherboard and probably also the RAM.

This continuous change of sockets, justified to allow performance improvements and that is also a market strategy, can prevent the programming of future hardware updates for the PC if you do not know well what was there and what there is.

Speaking of socket for AMD processors , then, it should be noted that their compatibility is much more durable than Intel processors.

For example, the AM3 + socket introduced in 2011 and was compatible with the previous generation of AMD chips, and earlier AM3 versions and the same applies to the FM2 + socket.

It can therefore be reasonably assumed that the AM4 socket released for the Ryzen processor family will also be used for future chips and that it will remain alive for a few years (at least 4) the ability to make changes and updates without having to change the whole PC.

This means that if you want to change computers, this is definitely the right year to invest in a high-end AM4 motherboard, knowing that it will be possible, in a few years, to change the processor and buy a new one instead of the one bought today.

The AM4 socket supports, then, the latest DDR4 RAM (incompatible with DDR3 RAM) that will surely be a standard for the next 5 years (although probably from 2019 or 2020 will come out DDR5 RAM).

Keeping this in mind, we can finally go and find out what Ryzen processors are and what their performance is.

With prices similar to Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors , we have Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 .

To make a quick comparison, we can see how the Ryzen 7 1800X with eight cores compared to the four of Intel is higher than the i7 for multitasking, with performance for individual tasks that is absolutely comparable to its most illustrious competitor.

For the mid-high-end home PCs, the Ryzen 5 processor was extremely successful , available at various speeds, with prices ranging from 150 to 200 euros.

The Ryzen 5 series has a greater variation of processors than the 7 series and the best is the Ryzen 5 1600X 6-core processor, 12-thread, able to increase its speed up to 4 GHz which is the same maximum speed of the Ryzen 7 1800X.

The Ryzen 5 1600 is always a 6-core, 12-thread chip that extends the speed to 3.6GHz, the other Ryzen 5 are quad-core CPUs, 8 threads, with the Ryzen 5 1500X that reaches a speed up to 3.7GHz.

The Ryzen 3 1200 processor costs € 100 instead, is very popular and is a direct competitor of the Intel Core i3 processor.

It is a 65W quad-core chip without hyperthreading with speeds ranging between 3.1GHz and 3.4GHz.

Each AMD Ryzen processor can also be overclocked, simply by program, to increase its speed (if the motherboard is compatible).

The chip with the X in the designation support technology Extended Frequency of SenseMI Range and can increase the 100 MHz clock speed which become 200 MHz for the Ryzen 5 1500X, while the CPU without X have a potential increase of 50 MHz.

Note finally that the Ryzen models 1800x-1700x-1600x (those with the X) do not have the heatsink included, while the others should include it.

Final question: Is it worth buying a next-generation processor for the home computer?

Generally speaking, the answer is No, there is absolutely no need for a next-generation processor for 95% of the activities that can be done on a computer.