Your CPU has the most impact on your PC's performance and is arguably the most essential component in your computer (along with the graphics card if you're a gamer). It's a good time to snag a deal on a new processor if you're thinking of upgrading your PC or building a new one (perhaps one of the best PC builds).
There are some great CPU deals on both AMD and Intel processors, so we're rounding up the hottest sales from those on low-end chips to high-end, multi-core productivity beasts like those on our best CPUs page or high atop our CPU benchmarks hierarchy. We're also tracking the current and historic low prices for all current and prior-gen chips on our CPU price index.
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AMD CPU Deals
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G: now $137 at Amazon (was $259)
The Ryzen 5 5600G is a six-core 12-thread APU with a 16MB L3 cache and a base clock of 3.9GHz able to boost to 4.4GHz. This chip contains integrated Radeon graphics with a TDP of 65W. The Wraith Stealth cooler is also included in this retail box.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: now $154 at Amazon (was $309)
Earning 4.5 stars in our review, this chip is highly sought after thanks to its strong single- and multi-threaded performance, leading power efficiency, and PCIe Gen4 support. It also features stellar thermals, a bundled cooler, and overclocking capability, so there’s a lot to love here.
Intel CPU Deals
Intel Core i7-13700KF CPU: now $369 at Newegg (was $429)
This is one of the lowest prices we've seen on the Core i7-13700F. This is a 16-core processor (8 performance cores, 8 efficiency cores) with a max turbo operating frequency of 5.4 GHz. The "F" designation in its name lets us know that this processor comes sans integrated graphics.
Intel Core i5-12600K CPU: now $169 at Amazon (was $212)
This processor is at one of its best prices yet, having just been launched in 2021. It has 10 cores, 6 of which are dedicated as performance cores along with 4 efficient cores, and 16 threads. It has a base operating speed of 3.6 GHz and can reach up to 4.9 GHz with Max Turbo enabled.
Intel Core i5-12400: now $159 at Amazon (was $237)
This CPU remains the best value for gaming-specific machines. The Core i5-14000 has six P-cores that support hyper-threading and operates at a 2.5GHz base clock with the ability to boost to 4.4GHz. This model also comes with an integrated GPU, so it costs $20 more than the graphics-less 12400F.
Intel Core i5-12400F: now $148 at Newegg (was $179)
This CPU remains the best value for gaming-specific machines. The Core i5-12000F has six P-cores that support hyper-threading and operates at a 2.5GHz base clock with the ability to boost to 4.4GHz. This model comes without an integrated GPU.
Intel Core i5-12600KF: now $152 at Amazon (was $311)
This processor offers six performance cores, four efficiency cores, and a boost clock of up to 4.9 GHz before you overclock it. It also supports DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0. This chip is the 12600K but the F means that it comes without integrated graphics.
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Stewart Bendle is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware. A firm believer in “Bang for the buck” Stewart likes to research the best prices for hardware and build PCs that have a great price for performance ratio.
Back in October, Newegg had the lowest-ever price on the i5-12600, for $215. Then, it jumped back up to $240, before I had noticed the dip. I'm holding out to see if it matches or beats that all-time low, on Friday or Monday.Reply
Why that model? Well, it's non-hybrid, so Win 10 should have no issues on it. More importantly, it's more efficient than the bigger dies, and I'm trying to build a box that won't heat up my home office, over the summer. So, I'm aiming for low idle power and 65 W TDP. I'm planning on using just its iGPU for graphics.
This article needs some motherboard recommendations.Reply
What is the rightly balanced board for each chip for the price sensitive buyer ?