AMD’s budget-friendly Ryzen 3 processors are finally here. In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Melissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about whether the latest Ryzen chips deserve your money more than Intel’s Core i3 CPUs. Short answer: It depends!

The gang also talks about the mysterious extra chips lurking inside AMD’s Threadripper processors, with Gordon bringing the inside scoop from a source in the know. Threadripper’s premium packaging sparks a chat about how hardware boxes could learn a lot from birthday cards. Then we break open those boxes and compare Intel’s stock CPU coolers against AMD’s Wraith coolers. As always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you.

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