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AMD and Intel both have their strengths. Budget will always be a limiting factor, but your apps will also dictate whether you should focus on cores or core speeds. And don’t forget about power draw and thermals.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X & Ryzen 7 3700X ‘Zen 2’ CPU Review

AMD has launched its Zen 2 architecture in the form of the Ryzen 3000 processors. Slotting directly into the now well-established AM4 platform, AMD is leveraging the improvements brought about by TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process technology, in addition to its own process design work and architectural improvements compared to Zen and Zen+. We're looking at the Ryzen 9 3900X which is designed to compete with Intel’s Core i9-9900K. The other contender is AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X – an eight-core, 16-thread CPU that sports a 65W TDP and £320 asking price that positions it firmly against the Core i7-9700K.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (6C12T) CPU Review

Priced squarely to compete with Intel’s Core i5-9600K at the ever-attractive £240 price point, AMD Ryzen 5 3600X continues the Ryzen 5 x600 tradition. That tradition is to offer six cores with Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) doubling the thread count to a dozen. This time, however, those six cores that boost up to 4.4GHz, are based on AMD’s brand-new Zen 2 architecture, and they’re built using TSMC’s leading 7nm FinFET process.

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AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (Zen+ & Vega 11) APU Review

Codenamed Picasso and combining a four-core, eight-thread Zen+ CPU with an 11 CU slice of Vega graphics, AMD’s £140 Ryzen 5 3400G is an evolution from the Ryzen 5 2400G of last year. Boosting up to 4.2GHz on the single-CCX CPU component and 1400MHz for the Vega 11 GPU, clock speed increases are the most noteworthy change from last year’s Ryzen 5 2400G. Another important adjustment is the reduction in MSRP by $20, making the Ryzen 5 3400G slightly more affordable.

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Intel Core i9-9900K

Performance from the i9-9900K is excellent. It's a new 8 core/16 thread chip that keeps clock speed very high (up to 5GHz out of the box), while the IHS is now soldered where Intel previously used TIM. On top of this, Intel has maintained socket compatibility with 300 series motherboards so a new Z390 board is not required. It's an absolute beast of a chip, and while the price tag is outrageous, there's a lot to admire.

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Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme

Intel 18-core behemoth, the i9-9980XE, isn't much of an upgrade over the previous-gen i9-7980XE - it is clocked slightly higher and has a soldered IHS, but otherwise it isn't a huge leap forward. That being said, 18 Skylake-X cores really deliver the goods in terms of CPU performance and it still uses the X299 platform. It's not really justifiable in terms of 'bang for buck', but it is an absolute beast.

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