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Intel vs AMD: processors highlighted

If you're looking for a processor, you can choose between 2 brands: Intel and AMD. The Intel 9th generation dominated the market for a long time, but it's a neck-and-neck race since AMD brought out its 3rd generation Ryzen processors. Can't decide between an Intel Core i3 and an AMD Ryzen 3 CPU? Or between i9 and Ryzen 9? We'll explain the differences to you.

Differences between Intel (9th gen) and AMD (3rd gen)

Segment Cores Threads Clock speed Wattage (TDP) Price (Avg.)
Core i3 Basic 4 4 4.6GHz 90W € 200
Ryzen 3 Basic 4 4 4GHz 65W € 110
Core i5 Middle 6 6 4.1 - 4.6GHz 65 - 95W € 170 - € 250
Ryzen 5 Middle 4 - 6 8 - 12 4.2 - 4.4GHz 65 - 95W € 140 - € 250
Core i7 Top 6 - 8 6 - 8 4.7 - 4.9GHz 65 - 95W € 370 - € 450
Ryzen 7 Top 8 16 4.4 - 4.5GHz 65 - 105W € 360 - € 440
Core i9 Pro 8 16 5GHz 95W € 530 - € 600
Ryzen 9 Pro 12 - 16 24 - 32 4.6 - 4.7GHz 105W € 600 - € 850

Intel vs AMD

Intel Core processor

Intel 9th generation processors

An Intel Core 9th generation processor has a higher average clock speed than AMD processors. This is especially useful if you like to work in one application, like a game or Photoshop. Intel Core processors have a higher average price and TDP (wattage) in the lower segment, but are becoming more affordable and energy-efficient in the high-end segment. Do you want a high clock speed? Choose Intel.

AMD Ryzen processor

AMD 3rd generation processors

A 3rd generation AMD Ryzen processor has more cores and much more threads, especially in the high-end and Pro segment. This ensures that you can perform many tasks at the same time, for example video editing. An AMD Ryzen processor is generally more energy-efficient and more affordable, except in the Pro segment. Do you want to multitask and a good price-quality ratio? Choose AMD.

Basic: Intel Core i3 vs AMD Ryzen 3

Intel Core i3 processor vs AMD Ryzen 3 CPU

Do you mainly use your computer for basic tasks, like sending emails, watching Netflix, and surfing the web? You should choose an i3 or Ryzen 3 processor. These processors fall under the basic segment. With 4 cores and a clock speed of up to 4.6GHz, the Intel i3 is more powerful than the AMD version. The Ryzen 3 has a clock speed of 4GHz. On the other hand, the Ryzen 3 costs about € 90 less and comes with a cooler.

Mid-range: Intel Core i5 vs AMD Ryzen 5

AMD Ryzen 5 CPU vs Intel Core i5 processor

The Intel Core i5 and AMD Ryzen 5 processors are part of the mid-range segment. This allows you to play average games and work in Photoshop. AMD Ryzen 5 processors are generally slightly less powerful than i5 processors. They have a clock speed of up to 4.4GHz, compared to the 4.6GHz of the i5. But they do have twice as many threads. The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 also stands out thanks to a very low power consumption of 65 watts.

High-end: Intel Core i7 vs AMD Ryzen 7

Intel Core i7 CPU vs AMD Ryzen 7 processor

An Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor is suitable for creative professionals, enthusiastic gamers, and anyone who uses their computer intensively. These powerful processors belong to the high-end segment. The i7 processors have fewer cores and threads, but a higher clock speed than the Ryzen 7. This is especially useful when you work a lot in one application, like a game. The AMD Ryzen 7 is better for multitasking, like when you're video editing.

Pro: Intel Core i9 vs AMD Ryzen 9

AMD Ryzen 9 CPU vs Intel Core i9 processor

The Intel Core i9 and the AMD Ryzen 9 are the best of the best among processors. These processors are ideal for die-hard gamers and professional designers. An Intel i9 processor has a high clock speed of 5GHz, combined with a relatively low wattage. This allows you to overclock it even further. A Ryzen 9 processor has a lower clock speed than an i9, but it has lot more cores. The Ryzen 9 is the most powerful processor.


Man installing processor in motherboard

Intel remains king when it comes to clock speed. For very fanatic gamers, this can certainly be an advantage. AMD has the upper hand when it comes to cores and threads. An AMD Ryzen is often slightly more affordable than an Intel Core processor, except in the Pro segment. Which processor you choose will depend on brand preference, but choose one that suits your needs above all.

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