AMD Ryzen processors naming scheme


Today we will be discussing naming schemes for AMD’s modern Ryzen family of processors naming scheme. Just like Intel, AMD uses 3,5,7 and 9 to denote CPU model names. This can be compared to their Intelcounterpart as below:

Ryzen CPU FamilyDescription
Ryzen 3Ryzen 3 is mainly used in budget friendly PCs and for consumers who don’t use their PCs for intensive applications. Ryzen 3 CPUs can be compared with Intel Core i3 series of processors.
Ryzen 5Ryzen 5 CPUs are high performance processors capable of handling heavy multitasking and intense gaming. These processors can be quad core and hexa core processors. Ryzen 5 processors which start with a core count of 4 can go upto 6 cores, giving competition to Core i5 processors.
Ryzen 7The Ryzen 7 CPUs are for enthusiast or prosumer who want the most coming out of their systems. Ryzen 7 processors have a starting core count of 4 or 8 and can go upto a maximum of 16 threads for delivering peak performance. This family of CPUs gives a straight challenge to Core i7 processors of Intel.
Ryzen 9The Ryzen 9 CPIs are for serious professionals. These processors are suitable for gamers, streamers and content creators who need their PC running on optimal performance level. Ryzen 9 processors have a minimum of 8 cores for laptops and 12 cores for laptops can go upto a maximum of 16 cores. They can be compared with Intel Core i9 series of processors.
Ryzen ThreadripperThe Ryzen Threadrippers is generally not required for general home consumers. These processors deliver the highest possible performance AMD’s processors can achieve by utilizing a maximum available 64 cores and 128 threads. Digital content creation, 3D rendering, gaming and streaming, CAD work or any other tasks, you name it, Threadripper processors are capable of easily doing it, at the same time. They can be compared with Intel’s Xeon family of processors.

The general rule of thumb to remember is that the higher the CPU family number, the more powerful it will be. For e.g. Ryzen 5 will be able to outperform a Ryzen 3 processor but will lag behind when compared to a Ryzen 7 processor. Also following the processor family, higher the CPU generation and model number, the more powerful it will be.

AMD Ryzen processor naming structure


Ryzen different CPU Generations

Gen number in CPU nameGen NameLaunch YearFabricationExamples
1Zen201714nm/14nm+AMD Ryzen 3 1200,
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X,
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X,
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X
2Zen+201812nmAMD Ryzen 3 2300U,
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X,
AMD Ryzen 7 2800H,
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
3Zen 220197nmAMD Ryzen 3 3100,
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H,
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H,
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X,
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
4Zen 220207nmAMD Ryzen 3 4300U,
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U,
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H,
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
5Zen 320207nmAMD Ryzen 3 5400U
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX
6Zen 3+20226nmAMD Ryzen 5 6660HS
AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX
7Zen 420225nmAMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X
AMD Ryzen™ 9 7900X
AMD Ryzen™ 5 7600X

To keep things simple, AMD uses few model numbers and few CPU names with below suffix

No SuffixAll desktop processors
XHigh Performance desktop processors that require discrete graphics cards.
XTRyzen processors with suffix ‘XT’ have boosted clock speed and performance compared to processors with suffix ‘X’.
GCPUs with Integrated AMD Radeon Vega Graphics.
SLow Power Consumption desktop processor with integrated graphics
HHigh performance processors with integrated AMD Radeon Vega graphics for laptops. Mostly used in gaming and other high demanding work laptops.
UStandard processors used in thin and light laptops and mobile devices. They have lower clock speeds and consume less power.
ZSlightly modified version of 'U' series processor. These processors are used in laptops.
CCPUs for Chromebooks typically with 15W-28W TDP.

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