Processors: Intel and AMD CPUs

The Intel and AMD processors (CPUs) used in desktop PCs

Top and bottom views of an AMD Athlon 64-bit processor.

Top and bottom views of an AMD Athlon 64-bit processor. Click on the image to view its full size

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.

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.

Intel’s 9th 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 –

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/cpus/1407931/intel-9th-generation-cpus

AMD’s second-generation Ryzen processors

Here is the latest post on this site about AMD’s latest processors:

POST: AMD Ryzen 2  (5 and 7) processors and Ryzen CPUs with built-in Radeon Vega graphics – the best PC gaming and workstation solutions

Spectre and Meltdown fixes for systems using AMD processors that render Windows 7/8.1/10 systems unbootable after security updates

Windows operating system security update for AMD-based devices

Overview

“Microsoft has now resumed updating all AMD-based devices with the Windows operating system security update to help protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.

“Microsoft worked with AMD to resolve update blocks on a small subset of older AMD processors (that were previously blocked to avoid users getting into an unbootable state after installation of recent Windows operating system security updates). For AMD device-specific information, please see this AMD Security Advisory.”

https://support.microsoft.com/en-za/help/4073707/…

POSTMicrosoft processor support – Only Windows 10 given support on the latest AMD and Intel Processors (CPUs) – but fixes are available – plus how to disable Win10 data-gathering (telemetry)

POST –  About the Meltdown/Spectre Intel & AMD processor flaws that give rise to security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals and hackers

Processor problems and the installation of processors are dealt with on the following pages of this website

PROCESSORS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS –

https://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/…/pc-processor-problems-and-solutions/

Installing the processor (CPU) and its heatsink-and-fan or liquid-cooling unit –

https://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/hardware/build-your-own-pc/9/

CONTENTS

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

POST: AMD Ryzen 2  (5 and 7) processors and Ryzen CPUs with built-in Radeon Vega graphics – the best PC gaming and workstation solutions

POST: Intel vs AMD processors – 8th generation Intel Core Coffee Lake vs AMD Ryzen processors (CPUs)

POST: AMD Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 processors (CPUs) strike back hard at Intel dominance

POST: How to decode Intel/AMD processor names – What processor names mean

POST: Will Windows 10 soon only be able to run on upcoming Intel and AMD processors?