Is AMD Ryzen Good For Multitasking?

There are many questions surrounding Ryzen that are hard to get an answer for.

It’s hard to get an answer that will apply to everyone without knowing what you’re doing.

The reason why it’s so ambiguous is that the people asking the question don’t know exactly how they’ll be using their PC, and what software they’ll be using.

When Ryzen was first announced, it had slightly worse multitasking performance than its Intel counterparts. It wasn’t by much, but still not as good as their competition.

Now that Ryzen has been out for a long time, AMD has kept updating their CPUs with better microcodes to make sure they perform at their best. Giving us faster performance in the most recent benchmarks.

It seems that AMD has finally caught up to their competition, at least for multitasking.

What are your plans for using your PC? Will you be doing professional work? Video editing? Games? Does IT share?

Should you have any questions about what software will apply to what uses cases, feel free to ask.

Here’s some things that will affect your performance:

If you’re doing light work, such as surfing and watching youtube videos, you’ll get better performance on Intel than AMD due to their more optimized microcode. However, if you do heavy tasks such as 1080p video editing or IT sharing(streaming), AMD is the way to go.

-If you’re doing light tasks, such as surfing and listening to music:  Intel will give better performance than AMD due to their more optimized microcode. However, if you do heavy tasks such as 1080p video editing or IT sharing(streaming), AMD is the way to go.

– If you want your PC to be able to do lots of things like gaming and streaming at the same time with good FPS: Ryzen is a great choice for multitasking because it’s got 4 cores which is enough for most people who don’t need octa-core CPUs. But if you do need an octa-core CPU then Intel would be your best bet unless your motherboard doesn’t support it like the X370 chipset.

AMD Ryzen Good For Multitasking
AMD Ryzen Good For Multitasking

– If you want your PC to do lots of things like gaming and streaming at the same time with great FPS : You’ll get better performance on Intel than AMD due to their more optimized microcode.

If you’re wondering what kind of tasks your CPU will be doing while multitasking, here are some examples:

Streaming using OBS or XSplit Screenshotting using MSI Afterburner Watching YouTube videos Listening to music Downloading/Uploading Torrents Playing Games Recording Gameplays Using IT shares(online storage) Watching AVI files Editing Videos/Images etc…

Do note that these are just some examples, they don’t have to be done all at once or even done at all.  It’s an example of how you might multitask.

10 Characteristics Required For Multitasking

Now that you know what multitasking entails, let’s take a look at the characteristics needed for multitasking.

You’ll need to have some sort of software that can handle multiple tasks running simultaneously without triggering any adverse effects.

And each of these tasks will require its own set of performance, so CPU A might be good at video editing while CPU B might be good at IT shares.

-Fast performance: To handle all the tasks without struggling too much and to keep up with other tasks that might pop up while you’re running a certain task.

-Low memory usage: This is something you should make sure of before buying any motherboard or processor, it’s not hard to check either. Just open task manager and see how much memory it’s using. The less, the better.

-Stable performance: Just like having low memory usage is important for multitasking, so is stability. There shouldn’t be any hiccups or crashes when multitasking, otherwise your work might suffer because of that hiccup/crash. You don’t want your gaming session to crash because you’re doing something else.

-Low power consumption: This is a bit optional, but for those of you who are conscious about energy usage or have limited power supplies, this might be something to take into consideration.

Now that we know what the characteristics needed for multitasking are, let’s look at the Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen comparison again.

Intel Core: Good performance, decent memory usage, stable performance, and low power consumption. For those who do light tasks such as surfing the web or listening to music, you’ll get better performance on an Intel than an AMD processor due to their more optimized microcode BUT if you do heavy tasks such as HD video editing or IT sharing(streaming), then AMD is the way to go.

AMD Ryzen: Excellent performance, decent memory usage, stable performance, and low power consumption. For those who do light tasks such as surfing the web or listening to music while gaming at high FPS 1080p, you’ll get better performance on an Intel than an AMD processor due to their more optimized microcode BUT if you do heavy tasks such as HD video editing or IT sharing(streaming) then AMD is the way to go because of their excellent multitasking capabilities.

Ryzen vs Intel:

 It’s possible that in the future Ryzen CPUs will offer even better performance in multitasking than Intel. But for now, it seems like they’re about equal.

AMD has said in a statement: “Ryzen was designed to scale and perform well across all applications – from single-threaded workloads such as gaming, to heavily multi-threaded workloads such as rendering or compiling.”

AMD has plans of increasing performance in the future so Ryzen can be better than Intel.

“There’s optimization work happening,” Su said, “and I think we’ll see some significant improvements.” She didn’t say when any of these optimizations would land or what they were, but it seems like AMD knows something we don’t.

Even though Ryzen is great for multitasking, you should not buy a Ryzen CPU expecting to get better performance than an Intel Core just because it says ‘multitasking’. It might give slightly different results with your applications and software depending on how they’re coded.

You should also know that just because someone bought an Intel Core instead of Ryzen doesn’t necessarily mean they made the wrong choice. They might have chosen it for reasons like:

They needed faster single-core performance  They didn’t need their PC to multitask They wanted better overclocking potential.

They thought they could get more value out of using the money on other components in their build with Ryzen, or they thought it was cheaper. You can ask them why they chose Intel instead of AMD.

For now, it seems that both processors are about equal in terms of performance for most tasks you would want your PC to do while multitasking. I’d definitely consider getting an AMD Ryzen if you plan on doing things like streaming and gaming at the same time(don’t expect any high FPS though) unless you absolutely need faster single-core performance than an Intel Core offers.

Conclusion:

if you’ll be doing professional work, Intel will give you better performance but if you’re just a casual user then AMD will do just fine. Feel free to ask questions about what software you’ll be using in the comments section below!


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