Last updated: 2012-12-24 13:01 US/Eastern
How to find the best processor for a given price? First - choose which type of
performance characteristic you are interested in. "Overall
performance" takes into account all CPU cores which means it shows total
theoretical CPU speed. If you plan to use applications capable of handling multiple
cores (for example: audio and video editing, 3D rendering and most of the newer
3D games), then this is the chart for you. On the other hand, "Single-core
performance" shows approximate performance of a single core
in every CPU. Most of the "non-proffesional" applications still are able
to use only a single core, so this CPU speed chart is more applicable to them.
When you have chosen the chart, then find your budgeted price on its horizontal
axis. On the left of your price find the highest point on the chart. To answer the
big question: "which is the the best processor?" - its this one!
These CPU speed and value charts are built based on performance data from
and prices from Newegg.
"Score" is computed as performance to price ratio.