The Best CPUs?

By that, I mean the CPUs that offer the best performance at a given price range.

If you have the time or knowledge to do research… but who does in this busy world?
I do realize that not everyone has the time nor knowledge to read detailed CPU reviews.

I write this guide on the best CPUs to help you understand, save your time and money!

Summary: Skip to the recommendations

  1. Best lowest cost CPU
  2. Best Entry-level CPUs
  3. Best Mid-range CPUs
  4. Best High-end CPUs
  5. Best 8-16 Core CPUs

This is an Worldwide Guide!

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Best lowest cost CPU:

Intel Celeron G3930

Get the Intel Celeron G3930 from Amazon
$41.25 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$49.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Kaby Lake – Frequency (Turbo): 2.9 (N/A) GHz
Cores (Threads): 2 (2) – Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 610
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 2400MHz or DDR3L 1600MHz 1.35v
TDP: 51 W – Socket: LGA 1151

If you’re looking for a CPU with a rock bottom price, with a modern CPU architecture and decent performance, the Intel Celeron G3930 is the best option.

That said, if you can afford spending a bit more, the Intel Pentium G4560 recommended below is definitely worth it for a modern PC.

For roughly $30 more, you get a CPU that’s at the very least more than 20% faster, thanks to its higher 3.5GHz frequency and in the best case scenarios, more than twice as fast, thanks to its higher frequency and Hyper-Threading support!

V.S the competition:
The Intel Celeron G3930 is based on Intel’s latest 7th gen Kaby Lake architecture and it has no problem outperforming the dual-core AMD CPUs currently available at this price range, thanks to:
1. The dual-core design of this Intel processor (two CPU cores, each with its FP/SSE (Floating Point) unit) is superior to two CPU cores with a shared FP/SSE (Floating Point) unit as seen on AMD’s “dual-core” designs.
2. The higher IPC (Instrutions per Clock) of the Kaby Lake architecture.

Pros:
– Amazing value for $40!
– Decent CPU performance (best at this price), fine for web browsing and basic office work.
– Low price
– Integrated video card, so you don’t require a dedicated video card.
– Low power consumption
– Based on the 7th generation of Intel “Core” CPUs, Kaby lake.
– LGA 1151 socket: You can upgrade to an higher-end Pentium/Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs simply by swapping CPUs.

Cons:
– Only a dual-core CPU, with no Hyper-Threading and a rather low 2.9GHz frequency.
– Integrated video card offers limited performance, not adequate for gaming.
– Completely locked, overclocking is not supported nor possible.

Ideal for:
– An entry-level family or Office PC, if all you want to do is browse the Internet, watch some videos, listen to some music, do some Office work and the like.
– NAS, Media Server.

Avoid for:
– Any demanding workload
– Heavy multitasking
– Audio/photo/video editing
– Gaming PCs

Best Entry-level CPUs:

Good value!
Intel Pentium G4560

Get the Intel Pentium G4560 from Amazon

$77.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$84.19 at Newegg

– Architecture: Kaby Lake – Frequency (Turbo): 3.5 (N/A) GHz
Cores (Threads): 2 (4) – Integrated GPU: Intel HD 610
– RAM Support: DDR4/DDR3L Dual Channel
TDP: 54 W – Socket: LGA 1151

The budget CPU king: Outstanding value!

The Intel Pentium G4560 is based on the 7th and latest Intel Kaby Lake architecture and runs at an higher frequency of 3.5GHz.

What makes it so interesting and why it’s recommended over the AMD Athlon X4 950, Pentium G3258 and G4400 is the fact that the Intel Pentium CPUs based on the 7th gen Kaby Lake architecture now comes with Hyper-Threading, unlike previous generation of desktop Intel Pentium CPUs.

So instead of a dual-core design, you get a dual-core + Hyper-Threading design for the Pentium G4560, making it far more powerful and easily capable of outperforming the CPUs that I used to recommend at this price point.

As a matter of a fact, it now offers performance far closer to the more expensive Intel Core i3, but at a significantly lower price! You’re nearly getting the performance of the older dual-core+Hyper-Threading 3.7GHz Core i3-6100!

Pros:
– Best single-threaded CPU performance at price point.
– Better than ever multi-threaded performance at this price point, thanks to the introduction of Hyper-Threading
– Integrated video card, so you don’t require a dedicated video card.
– LGA 1151 socket: You can upgrade to an higher-end Core i3/i5/i7 latest gen Skylake CPUs simply by swapping out your CPU.
– 54W TDP is lower than previous recommendations and than the competition.

Cons:
– Completely locked, overclocking is not supported nor possible.
– The integrated video card is underwhelming, very weak performance, far from a Gaming PC required performance level.

Ideal for:
– A family PC
– Budget Gaming PC
– Budget Office PCs
– NAS, Streaming PC, Media server

Avoid for:
– Heavy multitasking
– Heavy Audio/photo/video editing

Best Entry-Level APU (CPU + GPU in one):

Get the AMD A8-9600 from Amazon

– N/A (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)
$69.99 (Newegg)

– Architecture: Bristol Ridge
Frequency (Turbo): 3.1 (3.4) GHz
Cores (Threads): 2 modules/ 4 cores
Integrated GPU: AMD Radeon R7 384 GPU Cores, 655-900MHz
– RAM Support: DDR4 Dual Channel
TDP: 65W
Socket: AMD AM4

I only recommend the AMD A8-9600 if you want better integrated graphic performance than Intel integrated graphics, for a gaming PC on a very tight budget.

This is the best value proposition of the 3 APUs, the only one that I recommend, offering most of the gaming performance at the entry-level price point.

CPU performance: Poor, at best. Horrible at worse.

From a CPU performance point of view, the Pentium G4560 offers far higher performance, thanks to higher sustained frequency, as well as a far more higher performance architecture with Intel 7th generation of Core CPUs, codename Kaby Lake. AMD APUs use the AMD old Excavator core, not the newer Ryzen cores.

The so called “quad-core” design of this AMD processor looks like this: Four CPU cores, with two shared FP/SSE (Floating Point) units. Real-life performance of this design is lower when compared to an Intel dual-core CPU with Hyper-Threading at similar frequencies.

The Intel Pentium G4560, with its higher performance core and higher sustained frequency, offers definitely better CPU performance.

Video game performance:
AMD APUs are fine choices to play video games at a 720p or 1366 x 768 resolution.

This is why I recommend one for the entry-level Tier of the Budget Gaming PC article (How to easily build your Budget Gaming PC: Worldwide Edition!).

Note that you want to pair it up with dual-channel (two or four sticks) DDR4 2400MHz RAM for the best performance possible in video games. Avoid using a single stick of RAM: It can halve gaming performance.

Mid-range and High-end AMD APUs:
AVOID!

Don’t bother with the two higher models that AMD offer. On paper, with their higher end GPU, they may seem faster, but video game performance is limited by the very little memory bandwidth available, so real-life video game performance is pretty much the same.

Don’t waste your money on the A10-9700 or A12-9800: For gaming performance, an Intel Pentium G4560, along with any entry-level graphic card will offer far better gaming performance.

Best Mid-range CPUs:

Intel Core i3-8100 V.S. AMD Ryzen 3 1200/1300X
Recommendation: Intel Core i3-8100 for most

Get the Intel Core i3-8100 from Amazon
$129.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$120.60 at Newegg

– Architecture: Coffee Lake – Frequency/Turbo: 3.6GHz, no Boost
Cores (Threads): 4 (4) – Integrated GPU: Intel UHD 630
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: LGA1151 (300 series chipset)

The Core i3-8100 brings some much welcome change to the Intel Core i3 series. For years, I’ve been recommending Intel Core i3 CPUs, with two cores and Hyper-Threading support, so they could only handle four threads. Two cores is highly limiting in 2017, but starting from the 8th generation, Intel Core i3 CPUs now offer four cores!

In other words, you’re getting the performance of the previous generation Intel Core i5 (Quad-Core, 4 threads), at a much lower price!

V.S. AMD:
At stock frequencies, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X offers competitve performance compared to the Intel Core i3-8100, but still a notch lower, roughly 10% less, hence why I recommend the Intel Core i3-8100 for most, especially considering that it features integrated graphics, which is a must for PCs without dedicated graphic cards.

However, the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X has two advantages to consider:
Lower platform cost:
An AMD AM4 motherboard cost much less than an Intel Z370 chipset equipped motherboard. The Z370 chipset is currently the only Intel 300-series chipset available, until the first quarter of 2018, and you need a 300-series chipset equipped motherboard to support the Intel Core i3-8100.

Unlocked for overclocking:
The Intel Core i3-8100 is locked and cannot be overclocked. The AMD Ryzen 3 1200/1300X are unlocked and can overclocked. If you overclock, consider the Ryzen 3 1200, which is less expensive.

Get the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 from Amazon
$109.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Summit Ridge – Frequency/Turbo/XFR: 3.1/3.4/3.45 GHz
Cores (Threads): 4 (4) – Integrated GPU: None
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: AM4

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Get the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X from Amazon
$129.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Summit Ridge – Frequency/Turbo/XFR: 3.5/3.7/3.9 GHz
Cores (Threads): 4 (4) – Integrated GPU: None
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: AM4

No integrated graphics for AMD Ryzen:
However, the AMD Ryzen CPUs don’t feature integrated graphics. If you intend to play video games, you’ll want a dedicated graphic card, so this doesn’t matter to you. However, for an Office PC, the additional cost of a dedicated graphic card makes the AMD Ryzen 3 options less attractive. In which case, the Intel Core i3-8100 is the better choice.

For a budget workstation:
AMD Ryzen 5 1400

Get the AMD RYZEN 5 1400 from Amazon

$164.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$164.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Summit Ridge – Frequency/Turbo: 3.2/3.4 GHz
Cores (Threads): 4 (8) – Integrated GPU: None
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: AM4

The AMD Ryzen 5 1400, with 4 cores and 8 threads support, is a good choice for a workstation on a budget.

Its multiplier is also unlocked, meaning that it can be overclocked if you wish to do so.

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X: Not recommended
The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X offers 4 cores and 8 threads support, just like the Ryzen 5 1400 recommended above, along with higher frequencies (3.5/3.7GHz), so yes, it does offer slightly higher performance, but an higher price, which puts it too close to the more powerful 6-core Ryzen 5 1600 and the Intel Core i5-8400 for me to recommend it..

Intel Core i3-8350K: Not recommended
In theory, the Intel Core i3-8350K, an unlocked Quad-Core CPU, with an high 4GHz frequency and an unlocked multiplier, is interesting.

What’s the problem? It is priced far too high for it to be really interesting, with the much better 6-core Core i5-8400 available for hardly more money.

Even in the best case scenario for the Core i3-8350K, gaming performance, the Core i5-8400 outperforms it now and the performance gap is likely to grow as more and more games take advantage of more cores. Even if you overclock the Core i3-8350K (requiring spending money on a better CPU Cooler), it will only match the i5-8400 in some games.

If it was available at the $160 price point, it would be interesting, but at its current price point, you’re far better off getting the six-core Intel Core i5-8400 instead.

Intel Core i5-8400 V.S. AMD Ryzen 5 1600

– Intel Core i5-8400/8600K for gaming performance, web browsing and workstation with focus on single-threaded performance
– AMD Ryzen 5 1600/1600X/1700 for workstation with focus on multi-threaded performance or ECC RAM support

Get the Intel Core i5-8400 from Amazon

$209.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$199.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Coffee Lake – Frequency/Turbo: 2.8/4.0 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (6) – Integrated GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
– RAM Support: DDR4 Dual Channel – TDP: 65W – Socket: LGA1151 (300 series chipset)

Get the AMD RYZEN 5 1600 from Amazon

$199.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$199.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Summit Ridge – Frequency/Turbo: 3.2/3.6 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (12) – Integrated GPU: None
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: AM4

 

Get the AMD RYZEN 5 1600X from Amazon

$229.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$229.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Summit Ridge – Frequency/Turbo: 3.6/4.0 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (12) – Integrated GPU: None
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 95W – Socket: AM4

For gaming performance only:
The Intel Core i5-8400, with its Coffee Lake architecture that offers higher single-threaded performance than the AMD Summit Ridge architecture found in the AMD Ryzen 5 1600, and 6 cores running at 2.8-4.0GHz, offers the best gaming performance.

All around performance:

The Intel Core i5-8400, with its high single-threaded performance and six-core, offers better overall performance in the vast majority of cases.

Only particularly demanding workloads, that supports more than 6 threads, may benefit from the 12 threads support of the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or the higher performance Ryzen 5 1600X.

Either that or you want ECC RAM support.

Overall price:
An AMD AM4 motherboard cost much less than an Intel Z370 chipset equipped motherboard. The Z370 chipset is currently the only Intel 300-series chipset available and you need a 300-series chipset equipped motherboard to support the Intel Core i5-8400.

Intel Core i5-8600K V.S. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X:

Recommendation: Intel Core i5-8600K

Get the Intel Core i5-8600K from Amazon

$265.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$279.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Coffee Lake – Frequency/Turbo: 3.6/4.3 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (6) – Integrated GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
– RAM Support: DDR4 Dual Channel – TDP: 95W – Socket: LGA1151 (300 series chipset)

Get the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 from Amazon

$289.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$299.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Zen
Frequency Base/Turbo: 3.0/3.7 GHz
Cores (Threads): 8 (16)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4
TDP: 65W
Socket: AM4

The story repeats itself here:

For gaming performance only:
The Intel Core i5-8600K, with its Coffee Lake architecture that offers higher single-threaded performance than the AMD Summit Ridge architecture found in the AMD Ryzen 7 1700, and 6 cores running at 3.6-4.3GHz, offers the best gaming performance.

All around performance:

The Intel Core i5-8600K, with its high single-threaded performance and six-core, offers better overall performance in the vast majority of cases.

Only particularly demanding workloads, that supports more than 6 threads, may benefit from the 8 core / 16 threads support of the AMD Ryzen 7 1700.

Either that or you want ECC RAM support.

Best High-End CPU:

– Intel Core i7-8700/8700K for gaming, web browsing and overall system responsiveness
– AMD Ryzen 7 1700 for a Workstation and for overclocking potential

Get the Intel Core i7-8700 from Amazon

$339.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$369.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Coffee Lake – Frequency/Turbo: 3.2/4.6 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (12) – Integrated GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 65W – Socket: LGA1151 (requires 300 series chipset)

Get the Intel Core i7-8700K from Amazon

$388.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$389.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Coffee Lake – Frequency/Turbo: 3.7/4.7 GHz
Cores (Threads): 6 (12) – Integrated GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4 – TDP: 95W – Socket: LGA1151 (requires 300 series chipset)

Get the AMD Ryzen 1700X from Amazon

$359.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$359.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Zen
Frequency Base/Turbo/XFR: 3.4/3.8/3.9 GHz
Cores (Threads): 8 (16)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Dual Channel DDR4
TDP: 95W
Socket: AM4

Intel Core i7-8700/8700K V.S. AMD RYZEN 7 1700:

Summary:

In most cases, the Core i7-8700/8700K are the best choices
With its higher single-threaded performance and very high frequencies, the Intel Core i7-8700 and 8700K are what you want for the best gaming performance, web browsing, workstation and overall system responsiveness.

For a workload with constant 8 cores usage and requiring ECC RAM support, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X is an alternative.

Single threaded performance:
Performance per core: System responsiveness, web browsing, gaming

Clear win for the Intel Core i7-8700K
While the AMD Ryzen architecture have far better single-threaded than their previous FX series of CPUs, it’s no match up the Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake architecture single-threaded performance, which generally have a 10-15% advantage at the same frequency.

At the same frequency, the single threaded performance of AMD Ryzen is generally around Intel 4th generation Haswell, which is still very good and a massive improvement compared to the previous gen AMD FX series of CPUs.

In this case, you have to consider that the Intel Core i7-8700K runs at 3.7-4.7GHz, compared to 3.4-3.9GHz for the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X.

With a better single threaded performance at the same frequency and far higher frequencies, the Intel Core i7-8700K offer significantly higher single-threaded performance.

What this means is that your PC will definitely feel more responsive with the Core i7-8700K, same goes with web browsing.

Gaming Performance:

– Clear win for the Intel Core i7-8700K at 1080p
– More or less the same at 1440p/4K and on multiple monitors

This is not a good match-up for AMD, when it comes to gaming performance. Games like high single-threaded performance and high frequencies.
So obviously, the 3.7-4.7GHz high single-threaded performance six-core Core i7-8700K CPU will clearly outperform the lower single-threaded performance 3.0-3.7GHz 8 core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU.

Due to its lower single-threaded performance and lower frequencies, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X can’t be expected to match the Core i7-8700K when it comes to gaming performance.

The Ryzen 7 1700X is still miles ahead of the old AMD FX series, but it is no match for what is the currently the best CPU for gaming, the Intel Core i7-8700K.

Mind you, if you game at 2560 x 1440, 4K or on multiple displays, the performance gap shrinks and you’re unlikely to perceive a difference: At that point, it’s mostly all about the graphic card(s).

Multi threaded performance:
Performance when all cores are working: Rendering, video/photo editing, 3D, other programs that use many cores.

More or less a tie

The Intel Core i7-8700/8700K only offer 6 cores, compared to AMD Ryzen 1700X 8 cores, but they offer better single-threaded performance and higher frequencies, allowing them to match the Ryzen 7 1700X in most cases or pull ahead when signle-threaded performance matters more.

Best 8-18 cores CPUs:

– High performance 8 cores Core i7-7820X: Ideal for photo editing
– Best value: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X: High performance for the price
– Lightly threaded and single-thread performance: Intel Core i7/i9: Best per core performance, better gaming performance, web browsing and overall system responsiveness
– Value Multithreaded performance: Get the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, for rendering, video/photo editing, 3D and other programs that use as many cores as available.
– Best all around performance: Intel Core i7/i9 series: Number of cores scales up as you go into higher end models that are more expensive
– Note that none of those CPUs include integrated graphic card, so you need to buy a dedicated graphic card.

Get the Intel Core i7-7820X from Amazon

$569.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$569.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 3.6/4.3/4.5 GHz
Cores (Threads): 8 (16)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Get the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X from Amazon

$779.89 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$799.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Zen
Frequency Base/Turbo/XFR: 3.5/4.0/4.2 GHz
Cores (Threads): 12 (24)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 180W
Socket: sTR4

Get the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X from Amazon

$979.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$949.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Zen
Frequency Base/Turbo/XFR: 3.4/4.0/4.2 GHz
Cores (Threads): 16 (32)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 180W
Socket: sTR4

Get the Intel Core i9-7900X from Amazon

$931.37 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$969.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 3.3/4.3/4.5 GHz
Cores (Threads): 10 (20)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Get the Intel Core i9-7920X from Amazon

$1099.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$1199.99 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 2.9/4.3/4.4 GHz
Cores (Threads): 12 (24)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Get the Intel Core i9-7940X from Amazon

$1359.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$1386.60 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 3.1/4.3/4.4 GHz
Cores (Threads): 14 (28)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Get the Intel Core i9-7960X from Amazon

$1669.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$1683.41 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 2.8/4.2/4.4 GHz
Cores (Threads): 16 (32)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Get the Intel Core i9-7980XE from Amazon

$1984.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$1982.15 at Newegg

– Architecture: Skylake-X
Frequency Base/Turbo/Max: 2.6/4.2/4.4 GHz
Cores (Threads): 18 (36)
Integrated GPU: N/A
– RAM Support: Quad Channel DDR4
TDP: 140W
Socket: LGA 2066

Intel Core i9 strengths: Lightly threaded and single-threaded performance
The Intel Core i7/i9 series feature an architecture with higher IPC or in other words, higher single-threaded performance at the same frequency and on top of that its Turbo and Turbo Max frequencies are higher. This mean that for single-threaded and lightly threaded programs, which don’t scale well to many cores, the Core i7/i9 series will offer higher performance than the AMD Threadripper 1920X and 1950X.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X/1950X strengths: Best value with its lower cost for an high number of cores
If you run rendering, video editing, 3D, other programs that use as many cores as available and want a lot of cores without spending too much, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are

Intel Core i9-7920X strengths: High light and single threaded performance with high multithreaded performance
While the Core i9-7920X won’t keep up with the AMD Threadripper 1950X in applications that can take advantage of 16 cores, it will still offer competitive performance. In applications that can’t saturate 16 cores, the Intel Core i9-7920X will have no problem keeping up or outperforming the AMD Threadripper 1950X. When it comes to lightly or single threaded performance, the Intel Core i9-7920X has no problem outperforming the AMD Threadripper 1950X.

Core i9-7940X/i9-7960X/i9-7980XE: High single-threaded performance, with 14, 16 or 18 cores!
If content creation is your job and that time is money, the Core i9-7940X, i9-7960X and i9-7980XE offer the best of both worlds: high single-threaded performance with many cores, resulting in the highest multithreaded performance currently available on the market.

PCI-Express lanes:

Advantage: AMD
If you need a lot of PCI-Express lanes on your PC platform, for multiple graphic cards, PCIe drives, etc., then the AMD X399 platform has the edge over the Intel X299 platform
You get 44 PCI-Express lanes with the Core i9 CPUs
You get 64 PCI-Express lanes with the AMD Threadripper CPUs.

No CPU cooler, no integrated graphics, high power consumption and heat dissipation
Note that none of the four CPUs include a CPU cooler, nor an integrated graphic card, so you need to also purchase a CPU Cooler and a dedicated graphic card.

All CPUs have high power consumption, so make sure that the CPU cooler and case cooling can handle them, especially if you intend to overclock them!

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this latest edition of the Best CPUs article.

With this being such a long article with many recommendations and alternatives, you may find some typos.

Alternatively, you may disagree with me and believe that there’s a better option than my recommendation.

Or you may have some questions.

If that happens, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.