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What makes Ryzen different?

From a marketing perspective, AMD has for the first time adopted the now-standard 3-5-7 processor nomenclature to differentiate base units (Ryzen 3) from mid-range (Ryzen 5) and high-performance (Ryzen 7) offerings. Be careful, however. There is some overlap between Ryzen categories, so depending on the specifications, a high-end Ryzen 3 might be faster than a low-end Ryzen 5, in some cases. For more specialized uses there is Ryzen Threadripper (see above) and a potentially even more powerful server processor, Epyc, that's also built upon AMD's new Zen architecture.

But beyond the marketing, what makes Ryzen different?
Compared to earlier AMD processors, Ryzen has several physical advantages:

- Smaller 14nm transistor structure that consumes less power and generates less heat
- Fewer shared resources -- making each core more discrete and self-sufficient
- Improved intra-processor links for on-the-fly adjustments to core/thread utilization
- Overclocking capabilities that can unleash additional processor cycles for specific needs

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