The introduction of Ryzen 3000 processors took place only a few days ago. We have seen conflicting opinions, but the truth is that AMD has generally achieved a significant leap on both levels efficiency from efficiencyand the best thing is that he was able to keep backward compatibility with B350 and X370 motherboards.
There is no doubt that AMD has fulfilled almost all the promises in Ryzen 3000. Yes, we said almost everything, and that means that the results in monohilo were slightly below expectations. This enabled Intel to continue its leadership in the field of brute force with Core 8000 and Core 9000 based on Coffee Lake and Coffee Lake Refresh, although AMD solutions offer very high value for money on almost all levels.
Now that we have all Intel and AMD innovations on the market, we have more processors to choose from, something that has a positive but also a negative side: there are more options and more competitive prices, but also more confusion.
Choosing a processor today is more complicated than ever and that's why we decided to create the guide in which you'll find it five processors that are no longer worth buying and we'll give you five alternatives that are a good choice. The basis of this guide is, as always, the value for money that every processor currently offers.
If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments and we will be happy to help you solve them. I remind you before you start that if you plan to upgrade your equipment to Ryzen 3000 and you have an AM4 platform based on B350 and X370 chipsets, you must ensure that the manufacturer has released specific BIOS to activate compatibility.
I know that almost all B350 and X370 can move even Ryzen 9 3900X no problems at the VRM level (in some cases only on the exchange frequencies), but updating the BIOS is the key to using them, so keep that in mind before taking a step.
CPUs that are not worth buying
1.-Core i7 8700K
It is a processor based on the Coffee Lake architecture six cores and twelve threads at 3.7 GHz-4.3 GHz, normal mode and turbo with all active cores. It supports overclocking and can easily reach 5 GHz, which allows it to offer a high level of performance, but its value in relation to the price is not good.
Currently, it has a cost 372.99 €, a very high number for what it offers and for what we can buy today for this money. Yes, there is no doubt that thanks to this processor you can enjoy great performance, but there are solutions much higher value.
An alternative option that is worth buying: Ryzen 7 3700X This is definitely a better option in every respect. This processor is based on the Zen 2 architecture 8 cores and 16 threads at 3.6 GHz-4.25 GHz with all active cores and supports overclocking.
Its gaming performance is on average at 1080p, 4% lower than achieved by Core i7 8700Kbut in processor performance tests, which exceed it by an average of 10% due to the higher number of cores and threads. This also guarantees longer life and the optimal transition after the appearance of PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. Price Ryzen 7 3700X is EUR 361.90.
If you want to have a limited alternative to Intel, you should choose the option Core i7 9700K, chip eight cores and eight threads based on Coffee Lake refreshment, which operates at 3.6 GHz-4.6 GHz, normal mode and turbo with all active cores. It supports overclocking and has a price 389.99 euros.
2.-Core i3 8350K
It's a processor four cores and four threads based on the Coffee Lake architecture, which works at 4 GHz, but supports overclocking, which allows you to send it to 5 GHz no problems Its performance is very high, but it already shows clear signs of exhaustion in games that work with more than four threads.
What has been said has a very distinct meaning and the fact that it can not withstand the transition that sets the next generation consoles. If we join it its high cost, around 175,16 euros On average, the application is clear, it is not a good purchase.
An alternative option that is worth buying: We have several options. If we limit ourselves to Intel, the best option in this price range is now Core i5 9400F, based on Coffee Lake Refresh, a chip that has six cores and six threads at 2.9 GHz in normal mode and 3.8 GHz in turbo mode with all active cores. His price is 150 euros.
It is important to remember that the Core i5 9400F offers excellent performance today and thanks its six cores and its high CPI should become an acceptable transition to the new generation, which we will live until the end of 2020.
If you want an alternative to AMD, the best option is now Ryzen 5 2600based on Zen +, which he adds six cores and twelve threads in 3.4 GHz-3.9 GHz mode, in normal mode and turbo mode and supports overclocking. It has a lower IPC than the Core i5 9400F, but works better in many threads and costs a bit less, 143.71 euros.
3.-Ryzen 7 1800X
It was a flagship product of the AMD company with the launch of the first generation of Zen-based processors in the beginning of 2017, and it is actually a processor that I have been using for more than two years, but with a panorama that is now on the market and the price, which I hold, I have to say it It is not worth it.
We're dealing with a processor eight cores and sixteen threads It works in 3.6 GHz-4 GHz, normal and turbo mode and supports overclocking. Its performance in multithreading is excellent, and IPC is more or less at the same level as Intel's Skylake processors, which means it's a powerful chip and can easily handle the transition to a new generation, but its price is too high, right now 199 euros.
An alternative option that is worth buying: At the moment we have two great options. The first and the most recommended option is Ryzen 7 2700based on Zen +, which also has eight cores and sixteen threads operates in 3.2 GHz-4.1 GHz, normal and turbo mode, and also supports overclocking.
This processor has a higher IPC, better support for DDR4 memory at high speeds and offers top of the highest efficiency, Definitely a recommended purchase, because it only costs a little more, 210.21 euros.
You may not want to spend more than 200 euros, so you have optional Ryzen 7 1700based on Zen architecture that maintains eight cores and sixteen threads, operates in 3 GHz-3.7 GHz mode, in normal mode and turbo mode, and supports overclocking, so we can easily load it at 3.8 GHz-3.9 GHz. His price is 179 euros.
4.-Ryzen 5 1500X
Account from four cores and eight threads operates on 3.5 GHz-3.7 GHz, supports overclocking and is based on Zen architecture. It remains a perfectly realistic solution to work and play with guarantees, but its price is too high for what it offers, so much so that it does not make sense
We can find him 149.99 eurosone figure too high for what we can find now on the market, as we will see below.
An alternative option that is worth buying: undoubtedly the best option we have in Ryzen 5,200, is one of the best processors for money that currently exist within its reach. It is based on the Zen + architecture, adds six cores and twelve threads in 3.4 GHz-3.9 GHz mode, in normal mode and turbo, supports overclocking and has, as we said above, the price 143.71 eurosit means it is cheaper than Ryzen 5 1500X, although it is much stronger.
If we want an alternative on the Intel side, we repeat the recommendation with Core i5 9400Finterestingly, it is also the best that the giant in the form of a chip has at a price to performance ratio. Tilt 150 euros.
5.-Ryzen 3 1300X
This is another case, like the previous one, the processor it has price is meaningless for what it offers and the alternatives that we can find today on the market.
At the architectural level, Ryzen 3 1300X is based on Zen, has four cores and four threads at 3.5 GHz – 3.7 GHz, normal and turbo mode, and supports overclocking. It is able to offer good performance even in games, although it weakens in those that support more than four threads. In some stores it is available for over 130 euros, but its average price is around 110 euros. It is too expensive for what it offers.
An alternative option that is worth buying: the best option if we have a very tight budget, which we have in Ryzen 5 1600, a processor based on Zen architecture, which has a price 125.98 € and that offers six cores and twelve threads in 3.2 GHz-3.6 GHz mode, in normal and turbo mode. It supports overclocking, so we can easily take it to 3.9 GHz-4 GHz.
Its performance is very good and is ready to survive the passage thanks to the new generation of consoles thanks to the large multithreaded capacity.
It's a good time to buy a processor
Before the advent of the AMD Ryzen processors, the sector was in a complicated situation, especially for the user. The alternatives were minimal, Intel dominated the cotarro, and the consumer had no choice but to choose two cores and four threads in the low range, four middle-sized cores and four cores and eight threads in high-end.
This situation lasted from the launch of the first generation core to the seventh generation core, i.e. for about seven years. Launch of Ryzen in the second quarter of 2017. Turned the sector upside down, democratized processors with six and eight cores, and forced Intel to increase the number of cores and lower prices.
Thanks to today's competition, we can find processors with six cores and twelve threads, which would cost us almost before 400 euroson less than 130 eurosand processors with eight cores and sixteen threads, which were slightly more than a few years ago 1000 euroson less than 200 euros.
I think that not everyone is aware of this reality, what the arrival of Ryzen meant for all, and for this reason it is important to illustrate these examples. We have already talked about it on other occasions, competition is essential so that we can enjoy better and better products at more attractive prices, so no matter which brand you like best, the fact that Intel and AMD are strong is good for everyone.
If you have any doubts as to which processor you should choose quietly, we'll be done simple script which will serve as your base and help you to explain it:
- Budget below 130 euros: the bet on Ryzen 1600 is ideal because it offers good gross productivity and has great potential for multithreading thanks to six cores and twelve threads. If you want Intel to have a bit more, you have, as we said, Core i5 9400F.
- 200 euro budget: the best solution is Ryzen 7 2700, even if you spend a little (it costs 210 euros). Adds eight cores and sixteen threads and has very good performance in general lines.
- Budget 300 euros: this is a level that was quite empty. The closest and most recommended option is Ryzen 7 3700X, which, as we said, has eight cores and sixteen threads, which is excellent performance and costs 361.90 euros.
- Budget over 400 euros: is the segment in which the performance indicator on the invested euro begins to fall and it becomes quite poor. At this level, however, the best solution is Core i9 9900K, which adds eight cores and sixteen threads for 489.90 euros. If you are planning a long-term investment, you might consider Ryzen 9 3900X because it adds 12 cores and 24 threads, but remember that until this number of cores is used effectively, maybe we will have to wait for the successors of PS5 and Xbox Scarlett.