​Which CPU is best: Intel or AMD Ryzen?

Which processor is better in 2019? Intel's Core i7 vs AMD’s Ryzen? Which is the best gaming processor and which CPU should you buy right now?

AMD's Ryzen is an impressive entry into the processor market. But is it the CPU to buy?

AMD's Ryzen is an impressive entry into the processor market. But is it the CPU to buy?

Which CPU should you buy right now?

Most buyers will be better off buying an Intel 7th Generation (or above) processor like the Core i7 7700K (Amazon) as it costs $200 less than Ryzen’s best 1800X (Amazon) processor and, as far as most general-usage tasks go, it performs better. It also doesn’t require having your PC set up for Maximum Performance - which is not healthy for power bills.

AMD deserves a great deal of credit for coming back from nowhere to match Intel and produce some interesting technology but its claims of matching Intel for dramatically less money are somewhat misguided. If we’re talking general day-to-day usage, Intel’s platform is both faster and cheaper.

However, the math here changes dramatically if you regularly need your PC to perform the following tasks:

  • 3D Rendering or video encoding

  • Playing a game where performance is boosted by multiple cores

  • Enthusiast-grade overclocking

  • Streaming your games online without using a separate computer

In these instances, Ryzen will be worth paying the premium for as it won’t just enhance your enjoyment but save you a lot of time - and potentially money as well. You can find the full Ryzen range on Amazon here.

[Related: Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen motherboard review]

[Related: RyzenMaster and HPET can make your Ryzen computer run slower]

This article was originally published on 3rd March 2017 by Nick Ross. It was updated 9th May 2019 by Fergus Halliday.

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