Which processor do I need for work?
The computer's central processing unit (CPU) is the portion of the computer that retrieves and executes instructions. The CPU is known as the brain of the computer. It fetches program instructions, reads data, executes the instructions, and then writes the results over the DS bus.
The more powerful your processor, the faster your computer can complete the tasks
If we had looked at this question a few years ago, I would have stated that typically an Intel Core i3 is sufficient. However, currently, when one buys a laptop, they replace the HDD with an SSD almost immediately and next they upgrade the RAM from 8GB to 16GB or 16GB to 32GB. The amount of work that one did in a typical office environment a few years ago, namely 2018, would be almost identical to that of now yet there are cases where the workload has increased over the years due to time constraints, business expansion and such. But that is not the exact reason you would need a better CPU. In fact, the programs which you use, including the software and the operating systems, have improved over the years and will take up more space on your hard drive as well as use more RAM and therefore would require a better CPU
Instead of settling for an Intel Core i3 or Ryzen 3 which would be sufficient to do your general office tasks, switching to an Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 would be a safer choice in the long run when you want to upgrade your RAM or download newer versions of current software on your computer or laptop in the future
Students that don't partake in graphic design, photo editing, video editing or gaming may do very well with an Intel Core m3 or Ryzen A3. Yet I would still recommend switching to a Ryzen 3 or Intel Core i3 to play it safe.
When deciding between AMD or Intel, they both can perform well yet there are two main differences. In general, Intel processors are faster, but AMDs can compensate with higher clock speeds. A higher clock speed does mean a faster CPU however there are many other factors that come into play. If we wanted to go down that rabbit hole, we would need to share a lot more information and debatable topics which could take months so here are some key factors to consider:
- Intel CPUS are less expensive than AMD processors at the lower range and AMD is less expensive than Intel at a higher range.
- Intel is less efficient than AMD.
- AMD is generally cooler due to smaller lithography.
- Intel clock speeds reaches and surpassed 5.0 GHz while AMD clock speed can reach 5.0 GHz but results in more heat.
- iGPU present in almost all Core I series CPU (except Core I F-series).