The best workstation CPUs for 2020 (budget, midrange, high-end)

The socket type is a fairly easy to understand concept. It is the mounting point on your motherboard that holds the CPU in place – theoretically, it allows your PC to work. For first-time developers, you should pay special attention to this section, as not all CPUs are compatible with all motherboards.

Each motherboard and CPU has its own socket type. To make things even more confusing, Intel has its own socket type, which differs significantly from AMDs. While it’s not the hardest thing in the world to find a motherboard that is compatible with your CPU, it should still be understood before you make a purchase decision.

The easiest way to find out which socket your CPU uses is to find the product page on the manufacturer’s website. Once you find it, just go to the CPU specs section. It shows which socket type the CPU is using. Once you’ve found this, just pair it with a motherboard that uses the same socket.

In this special scenario, the AMD CPU uses an sTRX4. Intel, on the other hand, uses the FCLGA2066 socket.

TDP

TDP is a pretty important factor to understand, especially if you’re building a workstation PC that can handle extremely demanding workflows. TDP stands for Thermal Design Power and refers to the maximum amount of heat that the CPU generates itself.

Basically, TDP tells the consumer what type of cooler the CPU needs. A CPU with a TDP of 100 only generates half the amount of heat as a CPU with 200 TDP. This means that a smaller CPU cooler can be used for the lower TDP. Most of the time, the cooler has a TDP rating that indicates how much physical heat it can dissipate from the CPU. When choosing a CPU cooler, simply select one that has a cooling capacity equal to (or higher) than that of the CPU.

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