The Best Ryzen CPUs (2022 Reviews)

It's no secret that AMD's Ryzen CPUs are powerful and easily on par or even beat Intel's offering. Here are the best AMD Ryzen CPUs for gaming and more.

AMD took the PC world by storm with the first generation of Ryzen processors in 2017. Affordable, high-core, and fast CPUs, which was something that Intel hadn’t done for years.

Since then, we’ve had several generations of Ryzen releases (the current newest generation being the 5000 series), and we are currently anticipating Ryzen 7000 (and mobile Ryzen 6000 too).

But, these previous generations of Ryzen have already provided us with more than enough powerful processors, and we are making this article to list the best of the bunch.

 Let’s get right into it!

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The Ryzen 5 5700X is AMD’s current best price-per-performance processor. It is a combination of good pricing, great performance, and low power draw.

Price

The Ryzen 5 5600X had an MSRP of $300 and it was the best AMD CPU overall. But, this new 8-core 5700X CPU now takes over that same price point while offering much better performance.

The Ryzen 7 5800X is now an even worse option since it costs $450 and has minimally better performance than the 5700X.

Note: It’s possible to find the 5800X for under $400, but it’s still too expensive.

Performance

At this $300 price point, you will be getting a lot more than you think.

Take a look at this benchmark in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:

5700X CSGO
Image Source: Gamers Nexus

As we can see, even in CPU-bound, single-core dependent games, the 5700X has a negligible performance difference compared to the 5800X. It’s also comparable to the Ryzen 9 5900X and Intel’s i9-12900K.

But, there has to be some downside right? Maybe multi-core performance isn’t as great?

Not really, check out these application benchmarks:

The Ryzen 7 5700X is very close to the 5800X in this Blender benchmark and in Premiere Pro too. Yes, the 5800X is definitely faster in both of these tests, but once you take the price difference into account, it’s not worth it.

Power Draw And Thermals

The CPU’s power draw is another huge advantage over the 5800X. Its power consumption is nearly half of the 5800X’s power draw.

Ryzen 5700X power draw 1
Image Source: Gamers Nexus

You can imagine that the thermal performance of this chip will also be impressive since it has a power draw comparable to a 4-core i3.

Ryzen Threadripper processors are currently among the most popular picks for building workstations, but the Pro 3995WX takes the cake.

Pricing

The Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX might be outside most people’s budget since it has an MSRP of $5490, but it offers some of the best productivity performance available.

As an alternative, we recommend the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X simply because it’s $1500 cheaper for a minuscule difference in performance.

Performance

What can we really say about this beast of a processor? It has 64 cores and 128 threads boosting up to 4.2 GHz, and with that, it’s ready to tackle anything.

Looking at application benchmarks such as Blender or Corona, it’s always at the top of the charts.

Here are a few examples from Anandtech’s review.


As we can see, the Threadripper Pro 3995WX outperforms the 64-core 3990X only by a small margin, but it is enough to show the potential of the $5500 CPU.

Compared to Intel’s counterparts, the Ryzen is almost twice as fast in every application.

When it comes to compression, decompression, or encoding, the 3995WX blows any other CPU out of the water.

In a combined score of decompression and compression in 7-ZIP and in Handbrake encoding, the most expensive Threadripper shows its worth over the $3990 Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

We skipped gaming benchmarks because this processor isn’t really built for that purpose. It is definitely possible to play games with it though.

Power Draw And Thermals

A 64-core processor is expected to draw a lot of power, and the 3995WX absolutely does with a TDP of 280W. However, it never surpasses that 280W mark even in AIDA stress tests.

There’s no point getting overly specific about the CPU’s temperatures because if you have such an expensive CPU, you should also have equipment ready to cool it.

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is AMD’s last bang for the AM4 platform before it releases its next-generation platform, and it’s a good bang.

Pricing

This 3D stacked Ryzen CPU comes with a $450 price tag, taking over the 5800X’s spot. Compared with the price of a 5700X or a 5800X, the small performance is not really worth it.

But, if anyone is looking to get the best possible gaming performance, this is the CPU you should be looking at. Especially when you consider that the i9-12900KS is $350 more expensive.

Performance

You may already have a good idea of what the benchmarks will look like and you are probably right. The Ryzen 5800X3D ends up on the top of all charts, but it does lose in certain games.

Here are some charts from Gamers Nexus:

The most interesting thing here is the GTA V performance. It’s more than 5% faster than Intel’s i9-12900KS and almost 30% faster than the regular 5800X. Those are some crazy increases in performance for just an L3 cache increase.

Power Draw And Thermals

Power consumption is another factor worth considering.

Power Consumption 5800X3D GamersNexus

Based on this chart from Gamers Nexus, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D draws a maximum of 108W, less than the 5800X, and definitely less than 12900KS’ 275W peak.

Thanks to this low power consumption, temperature also stays low, but a bit higher than the original Ryzen 7 5800X.

Thermals 5800X3D GamersNexus

In this chart from Linus Tech Tips, the 5800X3D stays around 85 degrees Celsius with a Noctua NH-D15S while the i9-12900K and i9-12900KS average around the 100-degree mark.

The Ryzen 9 5950X is AMD’s flagship consumer CPU. It was recently surpassed in performance by the i9-12900K and 5800X3D, but it is still the Ryzen that offers the best value for productivity. It’s also quite fast in gaming too.

Pricing

The Ryzen 5950X was released back in 2020 with an MSRP of $799. This was a great price at that time, considering there was no other alternative. Especially not from Intel.

With Intel’s Alder Lake now in full force, $800 is a bit much, but it’s possible to grab it for a bit cheaper.

As an alternative, you could go for the i7-12700K or i9-12900K, which have a lower MSRP.

Performance

The Ryzen 9 5950X held the number one spot for gaming performance for over a year and for a good reason.

Not only does the CPU boost up to 4.9GHz, which is pretty fast, but it also has 16 cores and 32 threads ready to shred in any type of application.

But, first, let’s focus on its gaming capabilities.

Here are a few benchmarks by Gamers Nexus that will provide a bit of insight:

We can see a pattern here. The 12900K easily stays on the top while the five CPUs below it exchange places, depending on the video game.

In Hitman 3, the 5950X is faster than its little brother, the 5900X, and faster than any other Intel CPU.

However, on some occasions, the 5900X comes out as faster than the 5950X, but the flagship Ryzen does have 16 cores; we still believe it is the fastest Ryzen gaming processor.

With gaming performance out of the way, we can focus a little bit on application benchmarking. Again, we’ll use Gamers Nexus’ review.

Here are some benchmarks:

Because of the unique big.LITTLE hybrid Intel architecture and the overall faster cores, the 24-thread Intel i9-12900K is faster on some occasions, like Adobe Premiere Pro.

But, in Blender, the 32 threads in the 5950X win, even if only by a small margin. If the future Ryzen 9 7950Xhas just as many cores but at a much higher boost clock, it should be substantially better than the i9.

Power Draw And Thermals

One of the main qualities of the 5950X is its power draw. In productivity work, this 16-core processor actually consumes less power than the 5900X, even though it has fewer cores.

Not only that, but even with Alder Lake’s performance and efficiency cores, it is still considerably more efficient than the i9-12900K.

You can see that in Hardware Unboxed’s review of the i9 in the timestamped video below:

With Blender working at its fullest, the total system power consumption is just 221 watts with the 5950X.

On the other hand, the 12900K system pulls 362W, about 60% more power than the Ryzen.

The Ryzen 5 5600 is AMD’s current best value product. It’s quite affordable, it comes with 6 cores and 12 threads, delivers great gaming performance, and has very low power consumption.

This title was previously held by the Ryzen 5 5600X.

Price

The Ryzen 5 5600X’s quickly lost its footing in the CPU hierarchy because of its little brother, the Ryzen 5 5600 which costs only $200.

With this $200 six-core CPU, you can build an entire system for as low as $500. Grab a good B450, B550, or A520 motherboard for less than $100, two sticks of DDR5 RAM, and you’re set.

Alternatively, you could check out the i5-12400, or i7-10700K (used) in this price range.

Performance

With Alder Lake in the way, the Ryzen 5600 is not that attractive. While it is fairly cheap, Intel’s contender, the Intel i5-12400 performs similarly at a lower price (~$180.)

However, this Ryzen 5 is still an amazing CPU, especially if you already have an AM4-based system.

If we look at performance numbers, this six-core Ryzen easily competes against 11th generation i7s, and it is even close to the 12600K.

Here’s a benchmark in Rainbow Six: Siege:

Ryzen 5 5600 vs i5 12400 and 5600X
Image Source: Gamers Nexus

The Ryzen 5600 provides FPS comparable to the i7-12900K.

In comparison to older generations of Ryzen or Intel processors, note that the 5600X is more than 20% faster when using a high-end GPU such as the 6900 XT. For example, the 10600K is around 18% slower.

Gaming performance is definitely the CPU’s strong point, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do any productivity work.

Check out these application benchmarks:

In Blender And Adobe Premiere Pro, the Ryzen 5 5600 outputs performance comparable to the i9-9900K. It’s quite close to the i7-11700K too.

So, not bad at all considering it’s just a 12-thread CPU. Even if your plan is to use this processor for more than gaming, it is absolutely capable.

Power Draw And Thermals

It’s not always just about having performance. It’s important to consider other factors such as power draw and thermals.

Fortunately, this Ryzen processor has quite low power consumption, never going above 70W (if PBO is off). Thanks to this low power draw, temperatures stay pretty low, so users don’t need a beefy cooler to keep the processor cool.

Ryzen 5 5600 power consumption
Power Consumption in Blender – Source: Gamers Nexus

Even with Alder Lake’s efficiency cores, the 5600 still has the lowest power draw than the i5s.

We’ve talked about some of the most expensive, mid-end, and high-end processors. But, we can’t end this article without talking about Ryzen’s budget SKUs. Specifically, the Ryzen 3300X.

Pricing

The 3300X is one of the most competitive 4-core CPUs, thanks to its $140 MSRP. However, the 3300X has also been out for a few years now, so getting it for $100 or less is definitely possible.

The best contender against this Ryzen is the Intel Core i3-12100.

Performance

In the first half of 2020, the Ryzen 3300X was released and wiped the floor with Intel’s counterparts.

We’ll use some newer benchmarks, but first, we want to share some older ones to show just how impactful this processor was.

Here’s a Far Cry 5 benchmark from Tom’s Hardware:

Far Cry 5 benchmark

The 3300X is fast as the Ryzen 5 3600 in Far Cry 5. If overclocked to 4.5 GHz, the processor surpasses the 3600. Intel’s i3s, i5s, and even previous flagships like the i7-7700K barely keep up with this $140 processor.

Of course, the 3600 will be faster in games that have better multi-core optimizations like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Now, looking at some new performance benchmarks against Alder Lake, Intel’s new budget CPU is naturally faster.

performance benchmarks against Alder Lake

However, considering that the 3300X is almost 2 generations older than Intel’s i3, these FPS numbers are still quite impressive.

If you can grab this Ryzen 3 for less than $100, that’s a definite win.

Don’t expect too much from the 3300X in productivity, but there is some multi-core power to utilize.

Intel Core i3 12100 Application Benchmarks

Against the i3-12100, the Ryzen is (about 15% to 20%) slower even in 7-Zip compression, which is usually where AMD CPUs prevail.

Either way, it’s possible to use this budget CPU for some light productivity work if you really need to.

Power Draw And Thermals

Power draw is similar to the Ryzen 5 3600 (about 150W), so expect temperatures similar to that CPU.

Here are the operating temperatures tested by Hardware Unboxed.

operating temperatures tested by Hardware Unboxed

Pairing it with any kind of aftermarket cooler should keep this processor around the 70 or 75 degrees (Celsius) mark.

Which Ryzen CPU Should You Get?

Out of these five incredible processors available right now, which one should you get?

Well, the biggest factor in this decision will be your budget. If you’re saving up for a GPU, you should cut down on your CPU costs and get something like a 3600 or a 3300X.

If you can afford a mid-range CPU, definitely go for the 5600X.

For the best possible gaming experience with a Ryzen processor, there is no other choice than the Ryzen 9 5950X.

And, finally, if budget isn’t any kind of obstacle and you don’t prioritize gaming, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX is the go-to for rendering, encoding, etc.

Either way, we recommend checking out Intel’s best processors, too, to ensure that you get the best CPU out of your money.

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