Our entire CPU buying guide has changed in the aftermath of the Ryzen 3000 launch. At their current price-points, the Zen 2 chips occupy all the six spots in our list. Whether you are buying/upgrading your PC for gaming, content creation, video editing, or office related work, we’ve got you covered.
Best CPUs for Office Purposes
Budget: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
If you looking for an office PC for word processing, presentations, and video conferences, then the Ryzen 3 3200G is ideal for the job without tanking your budget. It comes with four Zen+ cores and a Radeon Vega 8 GPU, making it one of the best value for money APUs in the market.
Premium: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
In case you have a more flexible budget, be sure to check out the Ryzen 5 3400G. It comes with a higher clock, better GPU and a better heatsink, all the while costing less than 15K. Keep in mind that unlike the Ryzen 3000 CPUs, the APU lineup still uses the older 12nm, Zen+ architecture. This is something that most people are going to miss or not notice. The Zen 2 CPUs boast better IPC, gaming performance and higher clock speeds, in addition to beefed-up cache sizes.
Best CPUs for Gaming
Budget: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
If you are building a gaming rig on a budget, then the Ryzen 5 3600 is the way to go. You get performance almost on par with the 8th Gen i5s for a much lower price. The multi-threaded performance is also nothing to scoff at. If you’ve got another few grand to spare, you can consider going for the Ryzen 5 3600X which comes with higher clocks and a wraith stealth cooler for better overall stability, something that should have a notable impact at 1080p gaming, especially in DX11 based titles.
High-End Gaming: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
If you aren’t held back by financial concerns and are opting for a high-end GPU like say an RTX 2080 or the 2080 Ti, then the Ryzen 7 3700X is the perfect pick. For a mere 29K INR, you get Core i9-9900K like performance especially in DirectX12 based games that leverage all the CPU cores. It is an octa-core part with SMT and a cache size of 36MB. It boosts up to 4.4GHz under average conditions and comes along with a Wraith Prism Cooler.
Note: Go for the Ryzen 7 3800X only you are planning to pair it with a liquid cooling solution. It comes with a higher TDP cap of 105W and as such should overclock well. However, if you’re not familiar with the concept or will be sticking to the stock cooler, we would recommend sticking with the 3700X.
Best CPUs for Content Creation and Video Editing
Apprentice: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
If you are a student or beginner at video editing or content creation related applications, then I’d suggest opting for the Ryzen 7 3700X. It performs incredibly well in rendering, encoding,
It’s more than twice as fast compared to the Core i7-4770K in Cine 15 and crushes the Core i7-7700K by a massive margin of 50%+ in Cine 20, beating both the Core i7-9700K as well as the i9-9900K in the process.
Blender Guru: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
If you are an experienced player in the content creation arena, familiar with most tools like Blender, Photoshop, and Corona, then you’ll be needing a no-compromise CPU, which is just the description of the Ryzen 9 3900X. With 12 cores and 24 threads and a boost clock of 4.6GHz, it competes with the likes of HEDT chips like the Threadripper 2990WX and even the $2,000 Intel Core i9-9980XE in most workloads that you’ll be dealing with. All that at just a fraction of the price. The massive 70MB cache and high clocks ensure that you get the best experience in gaming as well, unlike AMD’s earlier offerings in this bracket.