Should I buy AMD Ryzen or Intel Core?

If you are considering a new computer, building it by yourself or buying one, you have usually two options of CPU brands.

Should I buy AMD Ryzen or Intel Core?

This article is about mainstream options on the market at the end of 2019. I am talking about desktop processors, but if you can find AMD notebook in your price range, you can most likely use this guide, too.

What do we have?

Intel is the classic one. Their Core i CPU's are around for 10 years and until recent events, there were no other option to go with.

Not even three years ago, AMD came up with Ryzen CPU family. That started to changing the fact, that there is no choice. Since then, we have what we needed - an option.

Between these two is one big difference. Intel goes for single-core performance, AMD offers a huge amount of cores and threads. In the middle class Intel doesn't even has hyperthreading, AMD just throw it to you with every single and even the cheapest Ryzen processors.

1. Do you need more cores or higher clock?

This is the first decision you must make. Let me help you.

I'll be talking about standard situations and use cases. There are definitely exceptions with specific software, more about that later.

Today, is your PC for playing games only or do you use it exclusively / also for work?

Most of the games prefer single-core performance. That means a game doesn't need more than a few cores but wants a higher frequency like 4 GHz and more.

There are games that are different. These games are usually RTS, or real-time-strategies. These games are often optimized to take more cores, if available.

If we are talking about work, I mean video and photo editing, large Excel tables, programming, these specialized kinds of workloads. That is the perfect use case for benefiting of more cores.

And how about gaming and streaming? If you don't have two computers (one for playing and one for streaming), you shouldn't be even considering this and take as many cores as you can.

Every rule has an exception

Those exceptions I was talking about, it finally depends on a specific software you use. You could see that on the case with games, where generally they are better with single-core high clock, but some go for more cores. For another example, Adobe Premiere was for some time known as the software, despite general thinking of rendering and many cores advantage, was much better with an Intel's CPUs. If you use something concrete, go and check recommendations from the software's developers.

So, what you do? Are you for a single-core performance or multi-core beast?

2. How long do you plan to use it?

This is an important question. Intel had a dominance for many years and software developers were optimizing their products for Intel's CPUs. With AMD Ryzen, this started to change and more and more programs and even games can divide load to many cores, which gives advantage to multi-core CPUs.

I am sure this trend is going to continue and soon, we will see huge companies taking this turn. It just takes longer for them and three years since Ryzen's come still isn't enough time.

Do you need a single-core performance right now? Or you plan ahead for years?

Let's choose

If you decided to go for single-core performance, take Intel Core.

But in every other way, go for AMD Ryzen.

I will not say which specific one CPU you should buy here. If you go for Intel or AMD, take the one for a money you want to spend. It's that easy to make a decision.

If you still don't know which of those two options, ask in comments.

Should I buy AMD Ryzen or Intel Core?
Published 06.12.2019 08:27
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Tom J.

Tom is a founder and CEO of Profit Visions company. He has big passion for tech, video game, science and sci-fi stories, which he writes about.

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