Best processor

Last updated: 2015-10-23 15:29 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 cpubenchmark.net and prices from Newegg. "Score" is computed as performance to price ratio.

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CPU Socket Performance Price Score
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 LGA 775 1781 24.99 71.27
Intel Celeron G1820 LGA 1150 2845 42.99 66.18
Intel Celeron G1840 LGA 1150 2974 47.99 61.97
AMD X4 FX-4350 AM3+ 5206 84.99 61.25
AMD X6 FX-6300 AM3+ 6343 104.99 60.42
AMD X6 FX-6300 AM3+ 6343 104.99 60.42
AMD X4 FX-4350 AM3+ 5206 89.99 57.85
AMD A8 7600 FM2+ 5185 89.99 57.62
Intel Celeron G1850 LGA 1150 3046 54.99 55.39
AMD X8 FX-8320 AM3+ 8030 144.99 55.38
AMD X6 FX-6350 AM3+ 6991 126.99 55.05
AMD X4 FX-4130 AM3+ 4149 75.99 54.60
AMD A10 5800K FM2 4638 89.99 51.54
AMD X8 FX-8350 AM3+ 8973 174.99 51.28
AMD A4 6300 FM2 2230 44.50 50.11
AMD A4 6300 FM2 2230 44.99 49.57
Intel Celeron G1830 LGA 1150 2684 54.99 48.81
AMD A10 7700K FM2+ 5237 109.99 47.61
AMD A6 5400K FM2 2141 44.99 47.59
AMD X4 FX-4130 AM3+ 4149 89.99 46.11
AMD X8 FX-9370 AM3+ 9531 209.99 45.39
AMD X8 FX-8370 AM3+ 8998 199.99 44.99
Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 LGA 1155 2602 57.99 44.87
AMD A4 7300 FM2 2240 49.99 44.81
AMD A10 7850K FM2+ 5580 129.99 42.93
AMD X8 FX-9590 AM3+ 10283 239.99 42.85
AMD A6 5400K FM2 2141 49.99 42.83
AMD A6 6400K FM2 2289 54.99 41.63
Intel Core i3 4170 LGA 1150 5183 124.99 41.47
AMD A10 6800K FM2 4928 119.99 41.07
Intel Core i3 4130 LGA 1150 4785 116.99 40.90
Intel Core i3 4160 LGA 1150 5041 124.99 40.33
AMD A10 7800 FM2+ 5231 129.99 40.24
Intel Core i3 4150 LGA 1150 4903 121.99 40.19
Intel Core i3 4370 LGA 1150 5576 146.99 37.93
Intel Core i3 4330 LGA 1150 5054 134.99 37.44
Intel Core i3 4360 LGA 1150 5495 149.99 36.64
Intel Core i5 4590 LGA 1150 7223 199.99 36.12
Intel Core i5 4570 LGA 1150 7019 199.99 35.10
Intel Core i3 4350 LGA 1150 5264 149.99 35.10
Intel Core i5 4460 LGA 1150 6639 189.99 34.94
Intel Core i3 4130T LGA 1150 4139 118.99 34.78
Intel Core i5 6400 LGA 1151 6565 189.99 34.55
Intel Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 5826 169.99 34.27
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 LGA 775 1781 51.99 34.26
Intel Core i5 4430 LGA 1150 6264 182.99 34.23
Intel Core i5 6500 LGA 1151 6989 204.99 34.09
Intel Core i5 4570S LGA 1150 6621 194.99 33.96
Intel Core i5 4690 LGA 1150 7626 224.99 33.89
Intel Core i5 4440 LGA 1150 6435 189.99 33.87
Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 LGA 775 3194 94.99 33.62
Intel Core i5 4590S LGA 1150 7015 209.99 33.41
Intel Core i7 5820K LGA 2011-v3 12998 389.99 33.33
Intel Core i5 4670 LGA 1150 7399 222.99 33.18
Intel Core i7 4790K LGA 1150 11232 339.99 33.04
Intel Core i5 4690S LGA 1150 7423 224.99 32.99
Intel Core i5 6600 LGA 1151 7468 229.99 32.47
Intel Core i3 4340 LGA 1150 5189 159.99 32.43
Intel Core i7 4790 LGA 1150 10040 309.99 32.39
Intel Core i7 4770 LGA 1150 9849 304.99 32.29
Intel Core i5 4690K LGA 1150 7726 239.99 32.19
Intel Core i5 4440S LGA 1150 6105 189.99 32.13
Intel Core i7 4790S LGA 1150 9623 304.99 31.55
Intel Core i7 3770 LGA 1155 9352 299.99 31.17
Intel Core i7 4771 LGA 1150 9890 319.99 30.91
Intel Core i7 4770S LGA 1150 9341 305.99 30.53
Intel Core i7 6700 LGA 1151 9897 329.99 29.99
Intel Core i5 4670K LGA 1150 7639 254.99 29.96
Intel Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 5826 194.99 29.88
Intel Core i7 4820K LGA 2011 9809 329.99 29.73
Intel Core i7 6700K LGA 1151 10892 369.99 29.44
AMD Athlon II X2 245 AM3 1702 57.99 29.35
Intel Core i5 6600K LGA 1151 7809 269.99 28.92
Intel Core i3 3240 LGA 1155 4318 162.99 26.49
Intel Core i5 4570T LGA 1150 4835 196.99 24.54
Intel Core i7 5930K LGA 2011-v3 13707 584.99 23.43
Intel Core2 Quad Q9500 LGA 775 3713 159.99 23.21
Intel Core2 Duo E6300 LGA 775 1123 49.99 22.46
Intel Core i7 4930K LGA 2011 13078 599.99 21.80
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 1321 74.99 17.62
Intel Core i7 5960X LGA 2011-v3 15990 1049.99 15.23
Intel Core i7 4960X LGA 2011 13943 1024.99 13.60

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CPU Socket Performance Price Score
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 LGA 775 890 24.99 35.61
Intel Celeron G1820 LGA 1150 1422 42.99 33.08
Intel Celeron G1840 LGA 1150 1487 47.99 30.99
Intel Celeron G1850 LGA 1150 1523 54.99 27.70
AMD A4 6300 FM2 1115 44.50 25.06
AMD A4 6300 FM2 1115 44.99 24.78
Intel Celeron G1830 LGA 1150 1342 54.99 24.40
AMD A6 5400K FM2 1070 44.99 23.78
Intel Pentium Dual Core G840 LGA 1155 1301 57.99 22.43
AMD A4 7300 FM2 1120 49.99 22.40
AMD A6 5400K FM2 1070 49.99 21.40
AMD A6 6400K FM2 1144 54.99 20.80
Intel Core i3 4170 LGA 1150 2591 124.99 20.73
Intel Core i3 4130 LGA 1150 2392 116.99 20.45
Intel Core i3 4160 LGA 1150 2520 124.99 20.16
Intel Core i3 4150 LGA 1150 2451 121.99 20.09
Intel Core i3 4370 LGA 1150 2788 146.99 18.97
Intel Core i3 4330 LGA 1150 2527 134.99 18.72
Intel Core i3 4360 LGA 1150 2747 149.99 18.31
Intel Core i3 4350 LGA 1150 2632 149.99 17.55
Intel Core i3 4130T LGA 1150 2069 118.99 17.39
Intel Core2 Duo E7400 LGA 775 890 51.99 17.12
Intel Core i3 4340 LGA 1150 2594 159.99 16.21
AMD X4 FX-4350 AM3+ 1301 84.99 15.31
AMD Athlon II X2 245 AM3 851 57.99 14.67
AMD X4 FX-4350 AM3+ 1301 89.99 14.46
AMD A8 7600 FM2+ 1296 89.99 14.40
AMD X4 FX-4130 AM3+ 1037 75.99 13.65
Intel Core i3 3240 LGA 1155 2159 162.99 13.25
AMD A10 5800K FM2 1159 89.99 12.88
Intel Core i5 4570T LGA 1150 2417 196.99 12.27
AMD A10 7700K FM2+ 1309 109.99 11.90
AMD X4 FX-4130 AM3+ 1037 89.99 11.52
Intel Core2 Duo E6300 LGA 775 561 49.99 11.22
AMD A10 7850K FM2+ 1395 129.99 10.73
AMD A10 6800K FM2 1232 119.99 10.27
AMD X6 FX-6300 AM3+ 1057 104.99 10.07
AMD X6 FX-6300 AM3+ 1057 104.99 10.07
AMD A10 7800 FM2+ 1307 129.99 10.05
AMD X6 FX-6350 AM3+ 1165 126.99 9.17
Intel Core i5 4590 LGA 1150 1805 199.99 9.03
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 660 74.99 8.80
Intel Core i5 4570 LGA 1150 1754 199.99 8.77
Intel Core i5 4460 LGA 1150 1659 189.99 8.73
Intel Core i5 6400 LGA 1151 1641 189.99 8.64
Intel Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 1456 169.99 8.57
Intel Core i5 4430 LGA 1150 1566 182.99 8.56
Intel Core i5 6500 LGA 1151 1747 204.99 8.52
Intel Core i5 4570S LGA 1150 1655 194.99 8.49
Intel Core i5 4690 LGA 1150 1906 224.99 8.47
Intel Core i5 4440 LGA 1150 1608 189.99 8.46
Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 LGA 775 798 94.99 8.40
Intel Core i5 4590S LGA 1150 1753 209.99 8.35
Intel Core i5 4670 LGA 1150 1849 222.99 8.29
Intel Core i7 4790K LGA 1150 2808 339.99 8.26
Intel Core i5 4690S LGA 1150 1855 224.99 8.24
Intel Core i5 6600 LGA 1151 1867 229.99 8.12
Intel Core i7 4790 LGA 1150 2510 309.99 8.10
Intel Core i7 4770 LGA 1150 2462 304.99 8.07
Intel Core i5 4690K LGA 1150 1931 239.99 8.05
Intel Core i5 4440S LGA 1150 1526 189.99 8.03
Intel Core i7 4790S LGA 1150 2405 304.99 7.89
Intel Core i7 3770 LGA 1155 2338 299.99 7.79
Intel Core i7 4771 LGA 1150 2472 319.99 7.73
Intel Core i7 4770S LGA 1150 2335 305.99 7.63
Intel Core i7 6700 LGA 1151 2474 329.99 7.50
Intel Core i5 4670K LGA 1150 1909 254.99 7.49
Intel Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 1456 194.99 7.47
Intel Core i7 4820K LGA 2011 2452 329.99 7.43
Intel Core i7 6700K LGA 1151 2723 369.99 7.36
Intel Core i5 6600K LGA 1151 1952 269.99 7.23
AMD X8 FX-8320 AM3+ 1003 144.99 6.92
AMD X8 FX-8350 AM3+ 1121 174.99 6.41
Intel Core2 Quad Q9500 LGA 775 928 159.99 5.80
AMD X8 FX-9370 AM3+ 1191 209.99 5.67
AMD X8 FX-8370 AM3+ 1124 199.99 5.62
Intel Core i7 5820K LGA 2011-v3 2166 389.99 5.55
AMD X8 FX-9590 AM3+ 1285 239.99 5.35
Intel Core i7 5930K LGA 2011-v3 2284 584.99 3.90
Intel Core i7 4930K LGA 2011 2179 599.99 3.63
Intel Core i7 4960X LGA 2011 2323 1024.99 2.27
Intel Core i7 5960X LGA 2011-v3 1998 1049.99 1.90

Note: Results presented can not be treated as the one and only truth, simply because there is not one definition of generally "best processor". Before making final decision about purchasing your chosen CPU, make sure to read some more in-depth reviews published by specialized sites.

Comments for: Best processor

Where is the Core i7 3770k in this list?

They are different. this is haswell architecture-based processor, and it's using lga 1150 socket. the core i7 3770k is ivy-bridge arch-based processor with lga 1155. core i7 3770k is not much slower than the new core i7s, even though it's three years behind in term of architecture(ivy-bridge is an bumped-up version of sandy-bridge)

I posted this comment under "Comments for: Best LGA 1155 processor" I am aware of the socket differences, Thanks, but this list of Socket 1155 does NOT include the i3770k. The list is showing the i3770 (not k) as the fastest, and it is not. I think the problem here is when you sort the list, and it says "Comments for: Best LGA 1155 processor" people sorted for other processors still see the same comments. Yep, verified. Sorted for best LGA 775, and still see the same posts.

I can't find my core listed. It's Intel core 2 cpu 6600 @ 2.4 GHz (2 CPUs)

That's because this is for LGA 1150 CPU's

So anyone who has a computer with a cpu listed here can upgrade to any other cpu listed here ?

You need to find a CPU compatible with your motherboard. Most important is matching CPU socket.

Guys, get one thing straight, the processors here is the older "Pentium" Dual Core, not Core 2, ix series. "Pentium" dual core are different.

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