The Best CPU You Can Buy In 2017

The computer market is always moving. The moment you buy something, it’s old again. And the CPU market is probably one of the worst.

At Black Friday i bought the newest of the newest. Only 2 weeks later they were planning on releasing the next version. Oh well. Fact is, if you buy a good CPU now, you can go a long way before having to replacing it again.

Now with AMD out of the dust and just done with the Ryzen announcement, I’d thought this would be a good moment to highlight some pretty amazing processors you can buy.

Entry Level:

AMD Athlon X4 860K.

With only $67,99 this is one of the most entry CPU’s you can get. It’s a lot cheaper than the A10-7860K version that is $115. But with that version you mostly pay for a silent cooler.

It has an unlocked multiplier and two Steamroller modules working on 4 threads at a time. It can withstand the competition from a lot of Intel CPU’s in the same range.

 

 

Specifications:

-Quad-Core CPU
-4 GHz CPU Boost Frequency, 3.7 GHz Base Frequency
-Requires Discrete GPU
-Supports DDR3 2,133 MHz Memory
-4MB Total L2 Cache
-FM2+ Socket, 95W TDP
-Includes Near Silent 95W Thermal Solution

 

Mid-Range:

AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8300

At $100 the FX-8300 is pretty competitive in it’s range of processors. But AMD being budget and mid-segment CPU’s in the past, it mostly competes with itself.

But if you’re a little more into tech, and know your way in the overclocking world it really competes with Intel’s Core I3. Save up for an aftermarket cooler and you’re set.

 

 

Specifications:

-Supreme power available from virtually every Core configuration
-Aggressive performance for mega-tasking and intensive applications like video editing and 3D modeling
-Native desktop Processor for unmatched multitasking and pure Core performance with “bulldozer” architecture
-32 nanometer die shrink designed to reduce leakage for improved efficiency, Increased Clock rate headroom and better thermals
-Delivers more Cores and more performance without raising the power requirements

 

Intel Core i3-7100

At $119,99 this CPU is only a little more pricier than our AMD competitor. But Intel introduced this CPU at the same price as the Core i3-6100 making it probably one of the best buys in the mid-range sector.

For $120 you get two Hyper-Threaded cores, making it four threads in parallel.

The 6100 version was clocked up to 3.7 GHz. The 7100 making it up to 3.9GHz.

Another advantages is its modern platform. The Z270 chipset supports up to 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity and up to 10 USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6Gb/s and a gigabit Ethernet.

-Socket LGA 1151
-Intel 200/1001 Series Chipset Compatibility (1. Excludes Intel Octane Technology support)
-Intel HD Graphics 630

 

High-End:

Intel Core i5-7500

Not the quickest in the list, but most certainly one of the better recommendations. At a price of $201.89 it replaces the 6500 version, which is in Ghz a bit slower. Just as the I3 it’s the next generation in it’s line, faster, better and more future proof.

The CPU still includes 6MB of shared L3 cache, connects trough an 8GT/s DMI link, takes about 65 W and future Optane Technology support.

 

 

Specifications:

-Socket LGA 1151
-Intel 200/1001 Series Chipset Compatibility (1. Excludes Intel Octane Technology support)
-Intel HD Graphics 630
-Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
-Intel Hyper-Threading Technology1

 

Intel Core i7-7700K

We had the I3 and the I5 core from Intel, so only naturally we’re going I7 now.

When the Kaby Lake architecture launched, we already had several CPU’s as our choice.

It’s performance, lots of cores, ability for overlocking and tons of I/O make this range almost too good to be true.

Kaby Lake doesn’t give the CPU more than the last architecture (Skylake), but the four cores at 4.2 GHz and Turbo Boost at 4.5GHz make it great for games. With some overclocking and good aftermarket cooler you’d make the 5Ghz without problems.

With a price of $339 you need to get your wallet out, but you’d also have the best of the best and probably are safe for the next couple of years.

Specifications:

-Socket LGA 1151
-Intel 200/1001 Series Chipset Compatibility (1. Excludes Intel Optane Technology support)
-Intel HD Graphics 630
-Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
-Intel Hyper-Threading Technology1

 

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