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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs

25 May 2020




The humble PC is ever-evolving. You can use a phone or tablet to check emails, Instagram or Facebook, but the PC remains the only platform with the power to play AAA games, create content and enjoy a rich multimedia experience, and even do it all at the same time. This means you need a powerful processor that excels at both lightly threaded and heavily threaded workloads. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series fit the bill perfectly.


Talking about Ryzen wouldn’t be a complete conversation without mentioning the feature-rich AMD AM4 platform. The X570 chipset is the first to offer PCIe 4.0 support, meaning you have more bandwidth available for supporting devices. Also, consider B450 motherboards for better value or the upcoming B550 motherboards. These also offer PCIe 4.0 support, the latest connectivity, and even overclocking support. There are AM4 motherboards to suit every budget.





Forget about a buying a sluggish dual-core CPU for an entry-level PC. An affordable PC can now be equipped with a 4-core/8-thread CPU. The newly released Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X completely redefine the budget PC. They offer performance that was exclusive to high-end CPUs from just a couple of years ago. Whether you’re a gamer on a budget, looking to upload some Youtube content or even build a capable work PC, the 3100 and its higher-clocked sibling, the 3300X will provide a fantastic level of performance, without having to spend big dollars.


Ryzen 3 processors are a perfect match for AMDs B550 motherboards. This way you can enjoy all the rich features AMD has to offer. Additionally, you can overclock Ryzen 3 processors for even more performance.





Moving up in the range brings you to the Ryzen 5 3600 and its more powerful big brother, the Ryzen 5 3600X. These CPUs are favourites of gamers looking for the perfect balance of price/performance. Games tend not to require very high core counts, so the blend of high frequency, plentiful cores & threads and affordability has made these processors a particular favourite of users looking for great price/performance.


The 3600 is a 65W TDP processor yet it can still boost up to 4.2 GHz. With up to 12 threads it’s capable of effortless multitasking. The more powerful 3600X is a 95W processor and comes with a more capable cooler. It can boost as high as 4.4 GHz making it an excellent gaming CPU, yet it still packs in the cores you need to accelerate your workflow, create original content and of course, it will allow even the most powerful graphics cards to run at their full potential.





The Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 7 3800X up the ante even further. These 8-core models offer tremendous value for users looking to have a still affordable CPU that packs in massive grunt for every conceivable task a desktop user may perform. Those 8 cores combined with high clock speeds mean you can game, stream and have many other apps running all at the same time, all without worrying about annoying stutters or lag.


The 3700X manages to do all of that with an amazing 65W TDP, saving you money on power bills and means you don't need an AIO cooler to get up and running. The included Wraith Prism cooler keeps it running cool and quiet even under a heavy load.


The 3800X has a base clock of 3.9 GHz can boost as high as 4.5 GHz meaning you’ll always have performance on tap under any kind of load. You can run video encoders that load the CPU 100% or be able to run games on high refresh rate monitors at the high frame rates you’ll need, all at a high clock speed, all the time.





Topping the AM4 range is the Ryzen 9 series. The 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X and 16 core 3950X redefine what a mainstream CPU is capable of. Consider that in 2017 a quad core was regarded as a high end CPU. The 3900X and 3950X simply laugh at that limitation and offer levels of computing power that only enterprises or enthusiasts with deep pockets had access to. Ryzen 9 processors feature the highest quality silicon and an amazing 64 MB of L3 cache.


These are amongst the most advanced processors ever made, with the 3900X capable of boosting up to 4.6 GHz and the 3950X up to 4.7 GHz, all within a 105W TDP. 16 cores at 105W! If you’re serious about creating content, then the power of the 3900X or 3950X is what you need. Pair them with a feature-rich AMD X570 motherboard, and you’ll have a platform that can perform your tasks not just 10 or 20 or even 50% faster, but several times faster than a high-end PC from just a few years ago.





While a Ryzen 9 CPU offers an incredible level of performance, AMD knows that professionals sometimes need more. AMD continues to raise the bar for the high-end desktop. It introduced the powerful 16 core 1950X in 2017, followed by the 32 core 2990WX in 2018. Why stop there though? Early in 2020, AMD released the mega Threadripper 3990X, a 64 core behemoth of a CPU that empowers professionals to accelerate their workflows like never before.


The exotic 64 core 3990X, the 32 Core 3970X and the 24 core 3960X are all based on the award-winning Zen 2 architecture, the same as that found in desktop Ryzen 3000 series processors but take multithreaded computing to a whole other level. They can’t be considered truly affordable, but for what they are, compared to expensive dual and quad-socket solution, they offer great value.


Accompanying the Threadripper 3 CPUs are TRX40 motherboards, which offer incredible levels of connectivity, expandability and rich features. You can pair your Threadripper processor with all manner of expansion cards, such as graphics cards for massive compute performance, NVMe storage arrays or networked devices and run them all at the same time, without compromise. How about multi-GPU support? No problem. Threadripper 3 is the most powerful desktop CPU series ever seen. If you need massive multithreaded performance for encoding, conversions, prototyping, simulation, modelling or any task that can make use of supercomputer levels of performance in a one socket machine, nothing comes close.





Ryzen CPUs don’t have any onboard graphics so you might want to consider the Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G. If you’re looking for a more specialized PC, perhaps a media centre or streaming PC, you can use the HDMI capabilities of a Ryzen APU to stream to a HDTV or compatible receiver without needing to purchase a discrete graphics card.


The onboard graphics are class-leading. You wouldn’t play Red Dead Redemption at 4K with it, that would require a discrete graphics card (which of course you can add) but if you’re more of a casual gamer, playing a bit of Fortnite or Rocket League, then the graphics capabilities of a Ryzen APU will let you enjoy smooth gameplay without the need to shell out big dollars for a separate graphics card.





Whatever your budget, whether you need the most basic of word processing machines, a gaming battle station or a professional computational powerhouse, AMD and Mwave have a Ryzen processor to suit you. If you’re unsure which Ryzen processor is best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help!




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