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What is the best CPU on the market currently?

Hi guys,

I'm drafting out a report assignment where I'm supposed to find the best and meanest CPU in the market currently, and to state it's specifications as well as to include some characteristics of it (brand,no. of cores,external bus width.. etc)

So I was wondering if anyone here can enlighten me on that.. I'm currently using i5 4670k myself and if I'm supposed to find the 'best that I feel there is' then I will of course just go ahead and select i5 4670k as my focus.

Appreciate your help!
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  1. IBM POWER8 is pretty good.
    there is so many different cpu out there
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_microprocessors
  2. Hey, thanks for the quick reply!
    I was thinking desktop cpus though.. Any other?
  3. Best answer
    There are a lot of problems with finding the "best" cpu. What exactly defines the best? Is it the best value? The best in gaming? The best multithread? The most calculations per second? The longest lasting? The best looking?

    There isn't one processor that is the best at everything. It's like asking what is the best car. The best commuter car is not going to be the best race car.

    The processor that is the biggest and baddest is most likely going to be a top end Xeon, but I would never buy one for my needs. It's too expensive and it's not the best for my needs.

    And btw, the i5 4670k is not going to be the best in very many categories. If you chose that and I was your teacher, I would give you an F because you didn't look very hard.
  4. Ya few problems with your question.

    1, we're not here to do peoples homework for them and get a grade we don't get. Not trying to be mean, but I say the same thing to people who are like, I'm an IT guy and need help setting up my DNS, active directory, firewall, and web server. If you're getting paid $50 an hour to do this, then do it. I'm not getting $50 an hour to spend hours helping someone online.


    Next, best in terms of what? GFLOP performance? Gaming performance? Pure speed? Linux performance? floating point performance? If it's floating point, your answer could be a Nvidia Titan chip. GPU processing, in certain situations, blows away any CPU, hence why GPU's are being made into render and processing farms. They kill CPU's at it.
  5. As others have stated, you must first define what you mean by "best" CPU.
  6. Well guys.. I'm not asking for ANSWERS. You have misunderstood what I'm asking for. I'm just asking for recommendations of CPU to be the focus of my report. Recommendations.. I'm still going to do all the research on myself. Thanks anyway, getochkn. Still appreciate it nonetheless.
  7. MEC-777 said:
    As flexxar stated, you must first define what you mean by "best" CPU.


    Hmm, how about best for gaming?
  8. For gaming then...

    How many threads do these games use? A lot of games are being written in 8 threads right now and an i5 with only 4 cores wont keep up very well.

    Are we talking out of box performance? I could grab an fx8350, disable most of the cores, and put it under nitrogen for a near 9ghz clockrate and smoke the intel chips.

    Your report really needs to be like 75% about defining what being the best is and 25% about which one fills your requirements.
  9. flexxar said:
    For gaming then...

    How many threads do these games use? A lot of games are being written in 8 threads right now and an i5 with only 4 cores wont keep up very well.

    Are we talking out of box performance? I could grab an fx8350, disable most of the cores, and put it under nitrogen for a near 9ghz clockrate and smoke the intel chips.

    Your report really needs to be like 75% about defining what being the best is and 25% about which one fills your requirements.


    Noted! Games like Battlefield.. First player shooter games.. And of course not only for gaming, CPUs that allows good multi tasking capabilities as well for image rendering/work purposes as well. Something that balances between work and games..
  10. leonistic said:
    flexxar said:
    For gaming then...

    How many threads do these games use? A lot of games are being written in 8 threads right now and an i5 with only 4 cores wont keep up very well.

    Are we talking out of box performance? I could grab an fx8350, disable most of the cores, and put it under nitrogen for a near 9ghz clockrate and smoke the intel chips.

    Your report really needs to be like 75% about defining what being the best is and 25% about which one fills your requirements.


    Noted! Games like Battlefield.. First player shooter games.. And of course not only for gaming, CPUs that allows good multi tasking capabilities as well for image rendering/work purposes as well. Something that balances between work and games..


    Under that definition, i7-4770k and or FX-8350 if cost is a factor.

    (Let the AMD hate begin in 3...2...) lol :P
  11. My point with all of this is that you can pick any processor and declare it the best at something. For the fun of it, I would pick any random processor and argue it as the best one that ever existed. Companies wouldn't sell them if they weren't the best at something.

    That said... I don't think you'd be faulted for picking the i7-4770k as the best out of box gaming cpu, but it sure is the easy way out. I'll leave the "why" up to you to research.
  12. 4960x/3970x are really good, not worth it but really good.
  13. Many thanks to all your suggestions.. Very much appreciated!
  14. leonistic said:
    Many thanks to all your suggestions.. Very much appreciated!



    If I might offer a final solution. Simply looking at a Benchmark for a variety of PC's may help you make your decision.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
    Anandtech has a well known bench, and the easy to use drop down menus will help you select and view results from different tests. You can use this to help find the best test that will reflect on what you intend to use the PC for. By and large, the CPUs on the bench list are all consumer level choices.

    Hope this helps!
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