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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST PROCESSOR OF 2021

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 5950X

The flagship of AMD's new-and-improved mainstream line-up - the Ryzen 9 5950X - offers superb productivity performance, high gaming frame rates, and excellent power efficiency. This is a superb high-end processor without any notable weaknesses.

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AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Given the productivity and gaming performance on offer from the £510 Ryzen 9 5900X, the Core i9-10900K becomes even more irrelevant at its higher price point. And even the competitive Core i9-10850K will struggle to show its worth versus the new Zen 3 chip thanks to AMD's improved gaming performance and excellent all-round productivity capacity.

 

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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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