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 year should yield some good processor discounts, all of which we will be tracking below.
So far, we've seen some big savings on 10th Gen Intel chips, as they capitalise on AMD Ryzen shortages and clear out their inventory, to make space for more Rocket Lake CPUs (you can buy 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs right now, by the way).
Ryzen stock has returned here and there, usually at MSRP or slightly below (as we found on our 5600X stock tracker), but the more eagle-eyed shoppers out there have found some good discounts, which vanish in seconds. However, the situation remains very much the same as we predicted at the end of 2020, PC builders have the choice of effectively going with Intel or waiting.
Below, we’re rounding up the best CPU deals, 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 or CPU benchmarks hierarchy.
Best Overall CPU Deals
Intel Core i5-10600KF: was $238, now $199 at Amazon
Maybe you want the unlocked i5 CPU, but don't need on-board graphics — that's where the KF processor comes in. It's a small discount compared to the K version, but every dollar matters.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: was $382.99, now $349.99 at Newegg
This processor packs a beefy 6 cores and 12 threads, running at a base clock of 3.7GHz (capable of running up to 4.6 max boost). Plus, for real convenience, AMD include a Wraith Stealth Cooler.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X: was $369.99, now $299.99 at Newegg with code 54ACHVPK232
This 3rd Gen Ryzen 7 chip packs 8 cores and 16 threads, alongside PCIe 4.0 support, support for overclocking beyond the 3.6GHz clock speed and a bundled Wraith Prism Cooler.View Deal
Intel Core i9-10900F CPU: was $423, now $348 at Amazon
10 cores, 20 threads and an energy efficient 65W TDP. This LGA 1200 CPU has a maximum clock speed of 5.2GHz, 10 cores and 20 threads and offers all the features you know and love from an Intel CPU like Optane Memory support.View Deal
Intel Core i7-10700KF: was $361, now $298 at Amazon
This Intel 400 series chipset has an unlocked 8 core/16 thread setup, with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and support for Intel's turbo boost max technology. View Deal
Intel Core i7-10700F: was $279, now $268.99 at Newegg with free Death Stranding Gaming Bundle
This Comet Lake processor is available for $264 through Newegg. This processor has 8 cores and 16 threads. Its base operating speed is 2.9GHz but it can reach up to 4.8 GHz when boosted.View Deal
Intel Core i5-9600KF: was $279, now $190 at Amazon
This processor has 6 cores and a total of 6 threads. It has a base operating speed of 3.7 GHz and can reach 4.6GHz when boosted. The i5-9600KF is ideal for mid-grade processing needs.View Deal
AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs
AMD's brand new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, which range from the Ryzen 5 5600X on the low end to the Ryzen 9 5950X on the high end are slowly rolling out to stores. As we write this, most if not all are out of stock, but check the dynamic widgets below for up-to-date information on each.