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Best PC Processors

UOD 2017 in many respects has become a turning point for the desktop processor market. The fact is that it was last year that Intel’s undeniable hegemony was interrupted due to the introduction of AMD’s Ryzen family of processors. And we, ordinary users, have no choice but to reap the benefits of competition between blue and red brands in the form of lower prices for the most interesting models from each manufacturer, as well as the release of new interesting models.

In 2018, AMD plans to release the second generation of its Ryzen processors, while Intel launches processors with discrete graphics Radeon RX Vega. So, very interesting announcements await us. But they are still quite far away. In addition, the processor market itself is quite complex and confusing. And how can an ordinary user not get lost? How to choose the best processor for your budget?

If you are left alone with the problem of buying a new processor and your head is spinning from a ton of various information, then our material will help you in your search. We specially selected the best processors at the beginning of 2018 both from the Intel camp and from the AMD price list. We will say right away that all the models from our selection are divided into conditional categories, so that it is easier for you to navigate. So let’s get started.

Best processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
Powerful stone with lots of cores
Features
Kernels: 6
Threads: 12
Base frequency: 3.7 GHz
Maximum Frequency: 4.7GHz
L3 Cache: 12 MB
Thermal Package: 95 W
The success of the new Ryzen among users has forced Intel to look for ways to regain its leadership position. The result of such searches was the launch of the Coffee Lake-S family on the market. At the same time, at the presentation of new processors, the company announced that it presents us with the best processor for games. And, I must say, they did not deceive us. The new Core i7-8700K smashes even the most productive processor from the Ryzen family. In addition, this processor is the company’s first six-core processor for general consumption.

Pros:
Minuses:
High performance in multithreading tests
Interesting potential for overclocking
You can buy Core i7-8700K in Ukraine here.

Best Performance Processor: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
The genius of multithreading
Features
Kernels: 16
Threads: 32
Base frequency: 3.4 GHz
Maximum Frequency: 4.0 GHz
L3 Cache: 32 MB
Thermal Package: 180 W
When AMD released the Ryzen chips based on the Zen architecture in June, AMD blew on all sides about the maximum price-performance ratio. In the beginning, it was hardly believed that AMD would be able to impose a fight on Intel, but the first tests showed that for the first time in many years we had competition in the processor market.

 

True, the first models were still inferior to competitors in terms of power. But everything turned upside down when AMD released the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. This chip not only impresses with its technical characteristics, but also surpasses the Intel Core i9-7900X in terms of parameters. And most importantly, this processor can be easily installed on any motherboard with an x399 socket.

Pros:
Minuses:
Ideal for solving very complex tasks
No problem with motherboards
You can order the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X from Amazon here.

Best Mid-Range Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Six cores for four
Features
Kernels: 6
Threads: 12
Base frequency: 3.6 GHz
Maximum Frequency: 4.0 GHz
L3 Cache: 16 MB
Thermal Package: 95 W
It’s not strange that the mid-range processor from AMD has more cores and is cheaper than Intel. Although last year such a move was considered a necessary step in terms of the struggle for customers, the Ryzen 5 1600X is really cheap. So, for quite affordable money, you get as many as 6 cores with 12 threads. In addition, the core core frequency is as much as 3.6 GHz, and in maximum load mode it rises to 4.0 GHz. Doesn’t sound bad, right? But there is also a weak point in this processor, which lies in the weak overclocking potential.

Pros:
Minuses:
A large number of cores
Low price
You can buy Ryzen 5 1600X in Ukraine here.

Best entry-level processor: AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
AMD is advancing on all fronts
Features
Kernels: 4
Threads: 4
Base frequency: 3.5 GHz
Maximum Frequency: 3.7 GHz
L3 Cache: 8 MB
Thermal Package: 65 W
Many people still believe that the Ryzen 3 1300X processor is the optimal stone for building a budget gaming system. But if you put aside all prejudices, it becomes clear that this is a budget-level processor. However, for a very reasonable price, you get a processor that is as much as 53% faster when encoding video than the Intel Core i3-7350K Handbrake. So, if you choose the right discrete graphics card for it, you can count on a pretty comfortable game with good graphics settings.

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