At $130, AMD's A10-5700 isn't a particularly compelling gaming processor. But imagine if it was $50 cheaper, included an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and wasn't saddled with integrated graphics. That isn't a dream any longer. At last, the Athlon X4 750K is available in North America. Selling for $80, this is the cheapest enthusiast-friendly CPU you'll find. And while its lack of L3 cache hurts in games, we at least like knowing that its 100 W thermal ceiling isn't divided between x86 cores and graphics.
Frequency (Turbo) :
3.4 (4.0) GHz
Cores (Threads) :
Cache (L1, L2, L3) :
2 x 64 KB + 4 x 16 KB, 2 x 2 MB
Integrated GPU :
Memory Support :
Best Gaming CPU for $120:
FX-6300: Productivity-Oriented Budget Gaming Alternative
The FX-6300 fares well in gaming tests, presumably thanks to better multi-core utilization and optimization for AMD's architecture over time. While Intel's Core i3-4130 offers more potential, you won't be able to tell the difference most of the time. On the other hand, the FX-6300 costs $10 less, sports an unlocked clock multiplier, and features six integer cores that unquestionably benefit performance in threaded desktop applications.