Editor’s note: This article is updated frequently as new information about AMD Ryzen processors becomes available. It was most recently updated to add links to PCWorld’s Ryzen 7 1800X, Ryzen 5 1600X, and Ryzen 5 1500X PC build guides in the final section.
After a decade of fielding ho-hum FX-series processors, AMD’s finally released its highly disruptive Ryzen chips, throwing down the gauntlet and challenging Intel’s supremacy in high-end computing.
AMD’s new Ryzen chips include several CPUs (and CPU families) of various levels of potency. What’s more, Ryzen introduces a completely new motherboard platform, and the processors require different memory and coolers than their predecessors. There’s a lot to sift through—so let’s sift!