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Best CPU Deals: Save on AMD and Intel

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There are some fantastic deals on AMD and Intel CPUs to be had, and we check daily for them.

Arguably the most important component in any computer (along with the graphics card if you're a gamer), your CPU has the most impact on performance. If you're planning a new PC Build, perhaps one of the best PC builds, anytime soon, this holiday deals season should yield some good processor discounts, all of which we will be tracking below.

Below, we're rounding up the best CPU deals today, from sales on low-end chips to high-end, multi-core productivity beasts like those you'll find on our best CPUs page or high atop our CPU benchmarks hierarchy.

Best CPU Deals 

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Intel Core i5-12400F CPU: was $179, now $149 with code W3BBV252 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Intel's Core i5-12400 is the best value in gaming, offering 6 cores and a boost frequency of 4.4 GHz. Now you can get the 12400F, which is the same CPU without integrated graphics. 

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AMD Ryzen 7 5700X: was $299, now $248 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This eight-core 16-thread processor has a 4.6 GHz boost clock and is a steal at $249, particularly for Ryzen owners with first- or second-gen systems. This chip comes with all the latest Ryzen features, like support for overclocking and PCIe 4.0. 

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AMD Ryzen 9 5900X: was $569, now $359 at Amazon (opens in new tab) The 5900X is a 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor from AMD. This CPU can go up to 4.8 GHz on max boost. AMD's 5900X  also features 70 MB of cache and a TDP of only 105W. There is, however, no cooler included in this retail box version, and a socket AM4 motherboard is needed for this processor.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: was $309, now $189 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Earning 4.5 stars in our review (opens in new tab), 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.

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600G: was $259, now $146 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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.

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Intel Core i3-10100F: was $179, now $68 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This previous-gen 65W quad-core chip has eight threads paired with a 3.6 base and a 4.3 GHz boost clock. The 14nm chip has 6MB of L3 cache, supports DDR4-2666 memory and PCIe 3.0, and comes without an integrated GPU.

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Intel Core i3-10100: was $122, now $101 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This previous-gen 65W quad-core chip has eight threads paired with a 3.6 GHz base and a 4.3 GHz boost clock. The 14nm chip has 6MB of L3 cache, supports DDR4-2666 memory and PCIe 3.0, and comes without the UHD Graphics 630 integrated GPU.

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Intel Core i3-12100: was $149, now $129 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
This current-gen 58/89W quad-core chip has eight threads and a 3.3 base and 4.3 GHz boost clock. The chip supports DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800, PCIe 5.0, has 12MB of L3 cache, and has the UHD Graphics 730 integrated GPU.

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Intel Core i5-12600K: was $294, now $279 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
The Core i5-12600K is a great all-rounder for an affordable price — made even better with this discount. With 10 cores/16 threads and a max clock speed of 4.9 GHz. Plus the impressive setup of 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores is great for day-to-day use. If you don't need integrated graphics go for the 12600KF. 

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Intel Core i5-12600KF: was $311, now $254 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This processor offers 6 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores and up 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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AMD Ryzen 9 5950X: was $799, now $479 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A great low price for this Ryzen 9 5950X. AMD's flagship CPU comes with 16 cores and 32 threads, with core clock speeds up to 4.9GHz. This AM4 socket chip also has 64MB of L3 cache and a low-power TDP of 105W. 

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AMD Ryzen 7 5800X: was $449, now $289 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This 3.8GHz 8-core, 16-thread CPU offers impressive performance for any high-FPS gaming rigs, along with PCIe gen 4 support, a boost clock up to 4.7GHz and support for overclocking.

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Intel Core i7-12700K: was $415, now $377 at Amazon
(opens in new tab)The Core i7-12700K wields Intel's latest hybrid microarchitecture with a combination of 8 Performance-cores and 4 Efficiency-cores. The Alder Lake chip flaunts boost clocks of up to 5 GHz and nearly match the gaming prowess of the 12900K.

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Intel Core i9-12900K: was $617, now $589 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
Alder Lake's Core i9 iteration is on sale! This CPU has 8 performance cores (P-cores) and 8 efficiency cores (E-cores). It also boasts DDR5 compatibility, has a 30MB cache and has a boost clock up to 5.2 GHz.

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Intel Core i7-11700K: was $420, now $304 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A huge discount on this CPU which offers solid gaming and application performance, as you can read in our review. (opens in new tab) This 14nm Rocket Lake CPU offers a max speed of 5 GHz.

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Intel Core i9-11900K: was $609, now $391 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
This 11th Gen flagship consumer CPU from Intel packs 8 cores, 16 threads and a max clock speed of a blistering 5.3 GHz. Alongside this, you've got PCIe Gen 4 support, a 125W TDP, and Intel's Turbo Boost Max technology.

You can find even more savings at our best PC gaming deals page. We're also tracking the best monitor deals, best CPU deals, best SSD deals, best gaming laptop deals, best keyboard deals, best gaming mouse deals and the best PC hardware deals overall.

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Stewart Bendle
Stewart Bendle

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.