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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 3950X CPU

Slotting into the AM4 socket, the Ryzen 9 3950X represents a change in the level of performance now available to users on a mainstream platform. Just a few short months ago, core counts and performance promises of this magnitude would have necessitated AMD's or Intel's High-End Desktop (HEDT) platforms. Roll the clock forward to today, and that is no longer the case.

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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 Threadripper 3960X & 3970X

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X are clear market leaders and are basically unmatched in terms of heavy multi-threaded compute performance. If you have demanding multi-threaded workloads where higher performance will bring you better outcomes, whether that’s more free time or increased profits, AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3000 CPUs are exactly where your purchasing radar should be focussed.

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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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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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