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A Simple Guide To AMD Ryzen Processor Naming Scheme



A Simple Guide To AMD Ryzen Processor Naming Scheme

AMD is an Advanced Micro Devices manufacturer; they take a lot of pride and time in naming their processors as they have to be accurate and precise according to the features and purpose of the product. The function and abilities rely upon and are determined by the Suffixes and Numbers in the AMD Ryzen processors.

The Ryzen Processors are of the most in-demand and admired amongst laptops and desktops. They are in direct competition with the famous Intel Core-I processors which are installed widely in the industry. The following article is an in-depth guide on the approach taken in naming the Ryzen processors and an explanation of CPU names and letters.

AMD Ryzen Series Names

Processors are essential in laptops and desktops; a reliable and updated processor is what makes a device worthy. A processor determines the quality, reliability, and life span of a certain laptop or desktop. Several processors are installed in laptops and desktops to make them run perfectly such as the Intel Core-I series.

The Intel Core-I series are very common and used widely however the AMD Ryzen processors are just as adequate and reliable. It is of no doubt that the AMD Ryzen processors have exquisite features when it comes to their cores, clock speeds, and generations.

The Ryzen series comes in several updates starting with Ryzen 3, 5, 7, 9, and Threadripper. The processors then come under different suffixes which are connected with numbers to figure out their flexibility in performance and generation number.

AMD Ryzen 3

The Ryzen 3 is of the first processors of AMD Ryzen and has relatively slower and less efficient performance than the rest of the Ryzen processors and the Intel Core i3. It is most commonly known as the moderate processor in the Ryzen Family.

AMD Ryzen 3 are quad-core processor chips that have sufficient power to work efficiently in daily computing tasks. In comparison to Intel Core i3 processor laptops the Ryzen 3 laptops are much cheaper but when it comes to maneuvering rigorous and extensive tasks the Ryzen 3 can manage to work pretty well to some point.

AMD Ryzen 5

The AMD Ryzen 5 processors are in alternate and competition with Intel Core i5 processors. They come in two categories quad-core and Hexa-core. The Ryzen 5 is an intermediate-range processor with a high and faster clock speed. The high clock speed allows the processor to go through in-depth functions.

AMD Ryzen 7

In comparison to the previous Ryzen processors, the AMD Ryzen 7 is a huge update. It is one of the high-efficient processors in the family. It has a quality performance and comes in three cores only, the quad-core, Hexa core, and octa-core. Due to its upgraded features and faster production results the AMD Ryzen 7 can conduct more intensive tasks than the previous processors.

AMD Ryzen 9

The AMD Ryzen 9 is one of the top class processors; it is no less than Intel Core i9 which is why it comes in equal competition with it. Ryzen 9 is the most powerful and speedy processors with a sturdy built between the Ryzen processors. It has the top most clock speed and multiple fast cores which allows the AMD Ryzen 9 to work with computing and applications of multi-core processing.

AMD Ryzen Threadrippers

This particular processor by AMD Ryzen is not found in laptops, it is manufactured for desktops for a hard built as they are fast multi-core processors with high performance. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper is designed to allow hyperthreading to run steadily in multi-tasking and applications.

AMD Ryzen Letter Meanings

When it comes to AMD Ryzen Letter Meanings, the meanings differ from letters, there are several letters with different functions and meanings. There are types even in AMD Ryzen processors to distinguish them letter suffixes help regulate their generation and processing power.

G Suffix

The G suffix shows the Radeon graphics card. This term is used for Ryzen as well as the Intel Core-I series. However in Intel-Core I processors the G suffix consists of AMD Radeon RX Vega Graphics Card.

X Suffix

The X determines a great amount of power in the processor. X suffix is subjected to Ryzen having high clock speed, power, consumption, and speed. The X suffix range is processed for desktop Ryzen chips. Another added feature to this particular suffix is XFR, its Extended Frequency Range which allows boosting up the performance process exceeding the limit.

U Suffix

This particular suffix has an ultra-low power to it. In comparison to other processors, the U suffix Ryzen processors have a low clock speed, less power consumption, and less heat production. Considering these features lightweight and thin laptops benefit the most from Ryzen U suffix processors.

H Suffix

H clearly is a short form for high performance. The H suffix Ryzen processors have a high clock speed and they consume more power, their fast and reliable performance leads to a higher processor rate. Because of these features, they produce less heat due to which bigger and sturdier laptops are more suitable for this processor.

T Suffix

T stands for turbo and high clock speeds. To make a processor work faster and better the T suffix is added to its suffix for example if you see HT or XT has written on a certain processor it indicates that Ryzen has boosted its performance.

Desktop Processors often come with No Letter Suffix Ryzen Processors.

AMD Ryzen Generation & Number Meanings

To keep track of the performance level and stocking keeping unit (SKU) AMD Ryzen has allotted numbers that provide information on given processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

The 3 in 3600X indicates the 3rd generation of AMD Ryzen processor. The performances of the processors are tallied by the generations thus the latest generation will have better performance than its predecessor.

Performance levels are determined by numbers. Numbers 4,5 and 6 are high-performance processors and 7,8 are for fanatics and prosumers. In this case, the 6 in 3600X shows a high-performance level. The prosumers sense used in this case is to produce and consume. AMD Ryzen processors with values 7, 8 support video editing, music production, enterprise-level CAD, and much more.

The zeros in 3600 to tell the model number or SKU.

X in 3600X is a suffix as discussed above and determines certain attributes and abilities of the processor.

How to check what generation AMD Ryzen Processor is on your laptop

If your laptop or desktop is supported and powered by AMD Ryzen it is much easier to evaluate its generation. Following are steps given on how to determine the processor’s generation

For Windows

  • Click the Windows + R buttons
  • Enter dxdiag into RUN and then click OPEN
  • A dxdiag dialog box will open. Next, find the processor under the SYSTEM tab, this will further allow you to see your laptop’s generation and processor. You can then figure out the generation and processor using the methods given above.


The article has given a thorough in-depth outlook of AMD Ryzen processor’s features and abilities. It has been discussed in detail the process guide to naming and figuring out generations and suffixes. After this detailed information is provided it will be easier for you to figure out if an AMD-powered laptop has enough performance as per your demand and if it levels with your computing demands.

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