About two years ago, AMD launched its new ‘Zen’ architecture as the AMD Ryzen series desktop processors. In a single day, AMD jumped from being ‘the other guys’ to being back on the radar in a polarized cacophony of love and hate, depending on the brand preference. For nearly a decade, if you wanted top performance on the mainstream desktop, you went blue. If you wanted to avoid a second mortgage you went red. While there were a few teething issues, as is the case with any new architecture, by and large, Ryzen delivered a CPU any AMD fan could be proud of and that gave more than one Intel purchaser a bit of buyer’s remorse. Fast forward through a refined second generation ‘Zen+’ to this month with the launch of AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen and true 2nd generation Zen architecture and AMD has redefined the very definition of a “mainstream” desktop.