The Intel and AMD processors (CPUs) used in desktop PCs
This section of this website provides all of the information a PC user or prospective PC purchaser or upgrader would need to know about the processors made by the two major manufacturers, AMD and Intel, that are used in desktop computers.
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The specially designed mobile processors that are used in laptop computers are dealt with in the Laptops section of this website.
Visit The Motherboard CPU Socket Types Used by AMD and Intel Processors page on this website for information on them in particular.
If you have built your own PC that uses an AMD processor check for device driver updates
If you own a brand-name PC, check its manufacturer’s website for device-driver updates. However, if you have built your own PC and it uses an AMD processor, check the AMD website for driver updates. Unfortunately, this is necessary because AMD does not update its CPU drivers automatically. Driver updates fix problems such as performance and security issues and bugs. Watch the following video that discusses this and demonstrates how to update AMD drivers.
The One Thing You MUST Do Differently If You Have An AMD System –
Intel’s 9th and 10th generation Core i5, i7 and i9 processors
There is not much difference between the 8th and 9th generation Intel processors. Read about them here:
Intel 9th-generation CPUs: Everything you need to know about Intel’s new desktop chips –
Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs: What’s New, and Why It Matters [May, 2020] –
Intel announces 10th-gen Comet Lake chips [August 2019] –
Intel 10th-gen Core i9 to deliver 5.3GHz clock speeds, according to leaked slide [March 27, 2020] –
AMD’s third-generation and fifth-generation Ryzen processors
It is easy to mistake the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 processor as a third-generation CPU. The 1 in the 1200 says that it is a first-generation CPU. The Ryzen 3 3100 and the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X are third-generation Ryzen 3 CPUs.
Examples of 5000-series Ryzen CPUs are: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and the Ryzen 9 5950X. The first number in the long code of the name indicates the generation. E.g., the first 5 in 5950X.
AMD has released its fifth-generation 5000 series CPUs, which, in January 2021, were hard to find. However, the third-generation Ryzen desktop processors are selling well. The best models are dealt with in the following article, followed by the best models made by Intel
Best CPU 2019: The best Intel and AMD processors from £89 –
How to decode Intel/AMD processor names – What processor names mean –
Processor problems and the installation of processors are dealt with on the following pages of this website
PROCESSORS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS –
Installing the processor (CPU) and its heatsink-and-fan or liquid-cooling unit –
1. – An introduction to the processors (CPUs) made by Intel and AMD
2. – How to identify a PC’s multi-core processor
3. – Processor usage – CPU usage – Which processes (programs) are making the most use of the processor
4. – Processor (CPU) specifications explained
5. – The manufacturing fabrication process measured in nanometers (nm)
6. – Processor/CPU cooling – heatsink-and-fan and liquid cooling units