AMD has been very popular in recent years. Although it started making its x86 chips in 1996, its first big break was when it introduced the first-ever x86-64 chip in 2003. However, now AMD Ryzen processor gives tough competition to all Intel processors.
This article will explain the naming conventions of AMD Ryzen processors. There are many AMD processors, but we focus on the Ryzen series here. Because of its popularity and performance.
AMD Ryzen Letter Meanings and Series Naming Scheme:
AMD’s naming system is different from Intel’s; it’s not very complicated. Intel has their Core I-series, while AMD has their Ryzen series. AMD offers two types of processors- CPUs and APUs. An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is just a marketing name that AMD uses for its CPUs. For the Ryzen lineup, the naming scheme includes the brand name and tier followed by the SKU number and, optionally, a suffix.
AMD Ryzen is the company’s most popular lineup of all time. They released their first-ever Ryzen processor back in 2017, and it has become a solid alternative to Intel’s Core lineup. Ryzen also has four tiers ( 3, 5, 7, and 9), just like Intel’s Core series. The lower the number, the less capable the processor usually is. For example, a Ryzen 3 processor won’t be able to beat a Ryzen 7, just like the Intel Core series.
In Ryzen processor, letter suffixes help determine the chip’s processing power. The “G” suffix indicates that the processor has a Radeon graphics card. The “X” indicates high performance. Ryzen processors with X suffix have the highest clock speed, high power consumption, and the fastest performance. But these processors are only for desktop computers. The “U” indicates ultra-low power. This processor comes with thin and lightweight laptops. The U suffix processor has lower clock speeds and consumes less power. The “H” suffix indicates that the processor has higher clock speeds and consumes high power. That means this processor delivers higher performance too. Last, the “I” shows turbo clock speeds. It comes as “XT”. If you see this “XT” suffix, the processor has boosted clock speeds and performance compared to other variants without the “T” suffix.
Ryzen processor’s Number Meanings:
As mentioned before, the naming system of Ryzen includes the name and tier followed by the SKU number. The SKU number begins with the first number of the series, making it easy to identify the processors. The second digit is to identify the higher and better performance. For example – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X. Here “5” indicates the generation of the AMD Ryzen processor means 5th generation. The “6” in 2600X shows the performance level of the processor. And “00” are the model number or SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) number. Thus they change their processor’s name code according to its generation, performance level, and SKU number.
That’s how the AMD Ryzen series naming scheme works. Now, you will be able to check an AMD Ryzen processor’s generation and its performance capability with the help of a processor’s model number. We have given you a brief understanding of the letters and numbers in AMD Ryzen processors. We hope it will be helpful to you.