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 Ryzen processors
AMD has released it third-generation Ryzen desktop processors. 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 –
AMD’s second-generation Ryzen processors
Here is the latest post on this site about AMD’s latest processors:
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
“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.
Check which of these vulnerabilities affect your PC by downloading and running the free InSpectre tool from Gibson Research. The free Securable tool, also by Gibson research, “displays the status of the three most significant security-related processor features.”
Note that the latest AMD and Intel processors are not affected by those two security flaws.
“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.”
Intel Foreshadow flaws
Note that another security vulnerability called Foreshadow, which only affects Intel processors, has come to light. Read more about it in this article:
How to Protect Your PC From the Intel Foreshadow Flaws –
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