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What CPU Should I Get?

The CPU is the main engine in your system and has the biggest impact on system performance. It is impossible to know how fast any CPU is just by knowing the frequency and number of cores. A good analogy would be car engines. Two different 8 cylinder engines both running @ 6000 RPM can have dramatically different horsepower depending on their design specifics.

With each CPU we show a "Speed Rating", based on a Passmark CPU benchmark score. It lets you know how fast the CPU is compared to any other CPU. As a reference a CPUs will range from a Passmark score of "3000" for a very very basic value priced CPU to over "20,000" for a very very high powered commercial workstation / supercomputer CPU.

Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 (Socket 1151 - Int. Video or Separate Vid. Card)
Speed Range (3,000-18,000) - 6th Gen (Win 7, 8, 10) - 7th/8th/9th Gen (Win 10 Only)

Intel Core i5 / i7 / i9 (Sockets 2011-3 & 2066 - Requires Separate Video Card)
Speed Range (11,000-32,000) - 6th Gen (Win 7, 8, 10) - 7th/9th Gen (Win 10 Only)

AMD Ryzen (Socket AM4 - Requires Sep Video Card - Except "G" series)
Speed Range (7,000-17,000) - (Win 10 Only)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Socket TR4 - Requires Sep Video Card)
Speed Range (16,000-34,000) - (Win 10 Only)

AMD APU & Ryzen "G" (Socket AM4 - Int. Video or Separate Vid. Card)
Speed Range (3,000-9,000) - (Win 10 Only)

AMD FX (Socket AM3 - Int. Video or Separate Vid. Card)
Speed Range (4,000-9,000) - (Win 7, 8, 10)

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