AMD CPU (Processor) List in Order of Performance

CG Director Author Alex Glawionby Alex Glawion   /  Updated 

How are AMD CPUs ranked in order of performance – is there an easy list to check?

Keeping track of performance across modern AMD CPUs can be difficult. AMD releases new Processor SKUs every few Months and entirely new CPU generations about every year and a half.

Which AMD Processor is best for you depends on your typical workloads. If you’re a professional doing active work like Photo Editing or 3D Modeling or are running AAA Games, a CPU that has high single-core performance is more important than a CPU with a lot of cores.

If you’re running workloads, though, that can easily be parallelized, such as 3D Rendering, Video Editing, Batch Processing, Machine Learning, to name a few, an AMD CPU with a high number of cores is the right pick for you.

Most workloads, though can make use of both, fast single-core performance and high multi-core performance, at least to a certain degree, and that’s why I’ve created this handy little list of AMD CPUs in order of Performance that you can sort to your liking.

AMD CPU (Processor) List In Order Of Performance

CPU NameSingle Core PerformanceMulti Core PerformancePerformance Total*Performance / Dollar*$ Price (MSRP)
AMD Threadripper 3990X1262756713990
AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX1231732205489
AMD Epyc 7702P993489594425
AMD Threadripper 3970X1308468741999
AMD Threadripper Pro 3975WX1244434502749
AMD Threadripper 3960X1307349321399
AMD Threadripper 2990WX1005296511799
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X168428782600
AMD Threadripper Pro 3955WX1401271751149
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X140626375749
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X167022046450
AMD Threadripper 1950X102719635999
AMD Threadripper 2950X113518797899
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X131218682434
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT135418511499
AMD Threadripper 1920X105415038799
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X159614812300
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G153514350359
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X134613848339
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT135512955399
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X134512195329
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X159311201230
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X110210140329
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT13309945249
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X13239526236
AMD Ryzen 5 360012459073199
AMD Threadripper 1900X10058979299
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X10947523229
AMD Ryzen 3 3300X12996787120
AMD Ryzen 3 31001105542399
AMD Ryzen 5 5600147211429199
AMD Ryzen 5 5500137210710159
CPU NameSingle Core PerformanceMulti Core PerformancePerformance Total*Performance / Dollar*$ Price (MSRP)

*Weighted. Total Performance (column) is relative to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, weighed equally at 50% single-core and 50% multi-core performance. This weighing will indicate good all-round performance for most workloads without going overboard on too low single-core performance or too many cores.

Note: If you’re running very specific tasks, though, that you know can make good use of, e.g., a lot of cores, sort the table by multi-core performance. Or, if you’re certain your workloads only need high single-core performance, sort by that column.

Benchmark used for this list is Cinebench R23.

Best AMD Processor for the money

AMD’s entry-level CPUs have extremely high value considering their performance per dollar. Both the AMD Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X lead the Performance / Dollar Chart given their very reasonable pricing.

This is not to say everyone should be buying a Ryzen 3. They are somewhat limited in overall performance and have fewer cores than might be necessary for your workloads, but they are a great pick for many low-level tasks such as general productivity.

If your budget is limited, the Ryzen 5 5600X is one of the best CPUs for most workloads and games. If you’re willing to spend some more, the 5900X 12-Core CPU packs some serious performance if your workloads can make use of more cores.

In the end, the best AMD CPU for the money depends on your workloads and requirements, and, of course, your budget limit.

Let’s take a look at the best CPU within certain price-ranges:

Best AMD Processor under 500$

After recent considerable price cuts, AMD’s best-performing CPU under 500$ is the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. At just 450$, the 12-Core CPU is a powerhouse of a CPU that’ll run any high-end workloads without any issues.

With a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost of up to 4.8GHz, the Ryzen 9 sports 24 Threads at a power draw (TDP) of 105W.

Best AMD CPU under 400$

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is the best CPU you can buy for under 400 dollars. Its price has been reduced to 300$ from its original MSRP of 450$.

The 8 Cores and 16 Threads clock at 3.8GHz base and 4.7GHz boost. It, too is manufactured on TSMC’s 7NM node, making it power efficient at 105W TDP.

Best AMD CPU under 200$

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X are AMD’s best CPUs for under 200 dollars. If you can find it below 200$, the 5600X is the newer generation successor to these CPUs with considerably higher single-core performance and power-efficiency.

All Ryzen 5’s are 6-Core CPUs. The 5600X’s 12 Threads clock at 3.7GHz base and up to 4.6GHz boost.

Which AMD CPU has the most Cores?

Currently, the AMD Threadripper 3990X (Review) and PRO 3995WX both have 64 Cores / 128 Threads at their disposal.

On the Server-side, the Epyc 7713P, 7H12, 7702P and 7742, too have 64 Cores that are clocked at varying frequencies and are rated at different TDPs.

What is the fastest AMD CPU?

This depends on the definition of “fast”. The highest multi-core performance is held by AMD’s highest-clocking, highest core-count CPUs, such as the Threadripper 3990X.

The highest single-core performance is held by the 5950X and newly released 5800X3D (which makes use of 3D-stacked vCache).

Is Ryzen 7 better than Ryzen 5?

Yes. AMD’s CPU segmentation is as follows:

  • Ryzen 9
  • Ryzen 7
  • Ryzen 5
  • Ryzen 3

The higher the number the higher the core-count, the higher the single-core performance and the higher the power-draw.

What is a good CPU Speed?

Anything above 3.5 GHz can be considered “good”.

The more elaborate answer to this, though, would be: “it depends”. You can only compare CPUs within the same generation and brand to each other by their frequency. Between generations and brands, you have to take IPC, Power Draw, Manufacturing Node and other factors into consideration to truly find the best CPU for your needs.

It’s best to rely on benchmarks and real-world tests.

Is Ryzen better than Intel?

It depends on your needs and at what time you’re comparing the two. Both AMD and Intel have an excellent product line-up, but they release new SKUs every few months and every 1.5 years or so they release an entirely new generation of CPUs that usually takes back the crown from the competition for some time.

Check out our regularly updated AMD Ryzen vs Intel Core article here.

Over to you

I hope this AMD CPU List in order of performance helped you get closer to picking the right CPU for your needs. What AMD Processor do you want to buy? Let me know in the comments! 🙂




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