Is It Time to Upgrade Your CPU?

A lot of PC builders are anxiously awaiting the release of AMD’s new Ryzen processors and I don’t blame them.

Not only is AMD promising their new CPU will “propel users to the next horizon of computing,” Ryzen is also one of the most affordable processors available today. With prices starting at $329 USD for an 8-core 3.0 GHz model, AMD Ryzen CPUs are delivering extreme performance at a very reasonable cost. There’s never been a better time to build a PC with a powerful CPU if money is what has been holding you back.

But how do you know if it’s time to upgrade your CPU?

Reason #1: The CPU is Bottlenecking Your PC’s Performance

Every gamer loves showing off their graphics card (why do you think clear side panels exist!?) but the CPU is sometimes overlooked because it’s hiding between your motherboard and CPU cooler. If you’re guilty of shelling out big bucks for a high-end graphics card like a GTX 1080 but still gaming on a 3-year-old processor, it’s probably time to invest in a new CPU. This is especially true if you’re interested in high-performance functions like virtual reality gaming.

The easiest way to tell if your CPU is bottlenecking your PC’s performance is to take a look at your CAM dashboard to monitor how much processing power your PC is using during gaming. If this number is close to 100% for long periods of time it’s definitely time to think about upgrading to a new CPU. Besides keeping a close eye on the CPU temperature and load graphs, another indicator of CPU bottlenecking would be frame drops and/or stuttering during your gaming sessions.

Constantly pushing your CPU to its limits is cause for concern.

Reason #2: Your PC Needs a New Motherboard

The motherboard is what holds your entire PC together so it’s arguably the most important piece of the puzzle. If you’re using an older motherboard model, you’re going to be stuck with older hardware as well. This not only includes the CPU, but also the RAM, graphics card, and even accessories.

While older hardware usually works fine for simple tasks, gamers will always benefit from newer hardware because more power means better graphics. If you’re stuck on DDR3 RAM, running out of USB headers, or want faster data transfers; a new motherboard with a new CPU will give whole new life to your PC.

Old PC hardware can’t live forever….

Reason #3: You’re Building a New PC

This reason is a no-brainer. If you’re building a new PC, you should always aim to buy the latest/fastest/best CPU you can possibly afford. This not only future-proofs your PC for several years, but also guarantees you won’t have to worry about CPU bottlenecking issues (see reason #1 above).

Building a new PC  is the perfect time to analyze your computing needs and invest in the right hardware. A top-of-the-line CPU may or may not be for you right now, but you never know what the future holds. Don’t let a slow CPU hold you back in the future when you can take care of it now!

Gotta love that new PC smell!

Are You Upgrading Your CPU to Ryzen?

We at NZXT believe in providing high-quality components to our customers as well as exceptional customer service no matter where you live. We are currently producing a retention bracket to support the new AM4 socket as well as the AM2 and AM3 sockets and will be providing this for free to all qualified users. This retention bracket will be ready to ship starting March 15, 2017 to our customers worldwide.

The AM4 Kit will allow NZXT Kraken users to upgrade their coolers to support AMD’s newest released AM4 Socket (Ryzen) motherboards and qualified users can start sending in bracket request now at