3 Best: AMD Processors in 2018 [TL;DR]
- Editor’s Pick: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X – For a decent price, the solid Ryzen 7 2700X packs more features and power you could ever think of, with up to 4.3GHz of processing capacity.
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – 16 cores and 32 threads of sheer technological marvel, the Threadripper 1950X rips their competition to pieces.
- AMD Ryzen 3 2200G – Ryzen-class experience without the Ryzen-class price tag, the 2200G delivers top-notch gaming graphics at a fraction of a price.
AMD has always been “the other one” when compared to Intel’s series of processors.
But because of their drive to deliver the best alternative experience to the market besides their top competitor, they have started to create a series of mind-blowing processors that are extremely top-tier.
I won’t waste much time on the intro since we have a lot to cover and discuss, so here you go: the three best AMD processors in 2018.
The Meta Destroyer:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
- Processing cores: 8
- Base clock: 3.7GHz
- Overclocked capacity: 4.3GHz
- Thread number: 16
- Price: All under Php 25,000
The days when Intel dominated the processor market is over. The second generation of Ryzen 7 processors is dominating the scene with sheer power and technology.
With a 3.7GHz initial clocking speed and up to 4.3GHz overclock, this baby can dish out processing power in hyper speed.
This is all thanks to the Ryzen 7 second gen’s 12nm Zen+ build. It’s a massive leap from the 14nm Zen build from the original Ryzen processor, considering it has only been a year after its debut.
Also, AMD has their new, but entirely optional, StoreMI technology that ties all your existing storage devices. This lets you access all your frequently used files faster.
It’s basically a program that automatically moves your commonly used files to the fastest drive available.
Even if it does sound a bit similar to Intel’s Rapid Store, AMD StoreMI uses up to 2GB of a DDR4 memory to temporarily store cached files between all your drives.
The new CPU comes with a new chipset, with its all-new X470 platform. The 2700X will run on this platform, but it’s entirely up to you though. As long as compatibility is set (you having an AM4 socket), it will be compatible even with an X370 or B350 motherboard.
And that’s where the slight problem lies. Users will need to update their motherboards with a compatible BIOs that actually requires you to have a first generation Ryzen part. It kind of sucks with this, but AMD says they are working a solution for it.
All in all, whether it’s for hard gaming or encoding, the Ryzen 7 2700X is a very worthy competitor to Intel’s top i7 series, and it is not showing any signs of stopping.
The Destroyer of Meta-Destroyers:
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
- Processing cores: 16
- Base clock: 3.4GHz
- Overclocked capacity: 4.0GHz
- Thread number: 32
- Price: Depending on where you buy, it reaches up to Php 40,000
AMD is continually on the rise, and they are so competitive that they destroyed their own Meta with the introduction of the Threadripper 1950X.
It might not reach the 4.3GHz overclocking capacity of the Ryzen 7 2700X, but what it lacks in numbers, it makes up for… numbers.
In this case, a whopping number of 16 processing cores and 32 freaking threads.
If you don’t understand how powerful that is, it has six more processing cores and a massive 12 thread lead compared to the Intel Core i9-9700X. If that isn’t powerful, then I don’t know what is.
Though from the development of the Threadripper 1950X, the Core X does have a 4.3GHz overclock and a lower thermal design power, so it beat the 1950X in this regard.
But again, this processor is a behemoth of power and technology, something most server-class units have. But this time, you can install them right in your own home.
The Threadripper line of products also has what AMD calls the “Creative” and “Game” modes.
Creative mode lets video editors experience the full smoothness of video encoding and won’t be troubled with a CPU slowdown even when multitasking several editing activities all at once.
Game mode is kind of an inverse of Creative mode, where the CPU turns off half of its core. This lets gamers enjoy higher frame rates when gaming.
All-in-all, if you are looking for an AMD processor that can withstand your torturous YouTube or Twitch streaming activities, then the Threadripper 1950X can make all your dreams come true.
Provided you have the cash for it of course!
Ryzen-class experience on a budget:
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
- Processing cores: 4
- Base clock: 3.5GHz
- Overclocked capacity: 3.7GHz
- Threads: 4
- Price: Not more than Php 6,000
If you are looking for the Ryzen experience but you don’t have the budget for the high-end CPUs, then worry not. AMD still has you covered.
However, it does have integrated graphics features, something that most gamers on a tight budget will feel welcome to have.
2200G owners have reportedly experienced 4K resolution gaming in high settings. This is not a small thing, as even with the high graphics settings, no slowdown on games has been reported.
This is mostly due to the AMD Vega graphics integration on this CPU, which bumps up the graphical processing power of these budget chips.
Trust us, the Ryzen 3 2200G won’t fail you, and for a really cheap price, it’s more of a steal at this point!
Now you’ve got the three best AMD processors this year, so go out and search them out yourselves. But AMD – with its Ryzen line – isn’t stopping here!
If you can just wait a tad bit more, then you can maybe opt for the second generation of Threadripper processors.
What’s in it you ask? Well, how about another Meta-destroying 32-core chip?
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