The world of CPUs has been notoriously busy in recent years and our buying guide is keeping up with the latest releases to complement our day-one reviews and benchmark comparisons. After all the extensive testing you're familiar with, TechSpot's CPU buying guide means to narrow things down in a few easy recommendations you can trust and follow.
The Ryzen 5 4600H is AMD's new mainstream processor in their H-series, designed for high performance productivity and gaming notebooks. This is the chip AMD is selling for entry-level systems, and yet it's a compelling piece of silicon with 6 Zen 2 CPU cores and 12 threads, a base frequency of 3.0 GHz, 8MB of L3 cache and a 45W TDP.
The latest Ryzen processors from AMD are coming in as low as $100 with quad-cores and SMT support. Meet the new Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, set to cost just $100 and $120, respectively. They feature 4 cores, 8 threads, a large 18MB cache and Wraith Stealth cooler bundle.
Having looked at a Ryzen 9 APU first, today we're going to be testing the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H which targets a more mainstream market and is likely going to be the most popular Ryzen H-series APU among buyers and laptop models across different brands.
Following up to our review of AMD's new Ryzen Mobile 4000 laptop CPU and having covered productivity performance and touched on gaming using the integrated GPU in our initial review, now it's time to tackle the other main use case for these processors, and that's gaming with a discrete GPU.
Mobile computing has become the next big target at AMD with its new series of Ryzen 4000 APUs. Today we have the first retail Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop on the market to evaluate, so the focus will be on performance to see for the first time how Zen 2 brought across to mobile stacks up against Intel's tried and true line-up.
Having recently reviewed the Ryzen 5 1600 AF, you should know all there is to know about this nimble CPU. In short, it's an incredible value for less than $100, however there are some who say the Core i3-9100F is a better choice. It's also cheaper and more widely available, so let's discuss Intel's budget processor.
Today we're looking at the most expensive desktop CPU to ever exist, and shockingly it's not from Intel. The Threadripper 3990X is a 64-core, 128-thread Zen 2-based processor that AMD fully acknowledges is a special purpose processor that combines both high frequency and high core counts into a single package.
A mysterious Ryzen 5 1600 refresh made it to market late last year. Bizarrely, AMD has released a really cheap version of the Ryzen 5 2600, but just called it the Ryzen 5 1600. Known as the "1600 AF" because of the box identification this is a Zen+ 6-core, 12-thread part that's selling for just $85 brand new.