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CPU Hierarchy 2019: Intel and AMD Processors Ranked

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Your CPU has a huge effect on overall performance and, to many, is a computer's most important component. However, when it comes time to buy a CPU for your desktop, you'll find a dizzying morass of model numbers and specs from both Intel and AMD. We've listed our the best CPUs for gaming and best processors for applications in other articles, but if you want to know how each chip stacks up against all the others, this CPU Hierarchy is for you. 

Below, we've ranked all the consumer Intel 9th, 8th and 7th Gen processors, along with AMD's Ryzen and Ryzen 2 chips. We determined the order based on average gaming performance across our test suite, but we also include an application performance metric in the application score column. We generate this metric via a geometric mean of application performance in compression, decompression, HandBrake, Blender and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

Unfortunately, recent updates to our application testing suite, along with performance-altering updates to a few of our game titles, have forced us to recalculate our scoring metrics. We've left our historical data, in which the most powerful chip gets a 100 and all others are scored relative to it, but we're working to update to the new metric and will include it in a future update. If you want our recommendations, please check out our Best CPUs page.

AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors have landed, bringing with them impressive performance improvements borne of the 7nm process and a radical improvement to instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput. We found that the Ryzen 9 3900X and its 12-cores and 24-threads pushes the mainstream desktop into what used to be high end desktop (HEDT) territory. This chip generally outperforms the Core i9-9900K in all threaded workloads and is plenty impressive in single-threaded work, too. The -9900K remains the king of the hill for gaming, but the differences are small at stock settings, meaning that the Ryzen 9 3900X offers an incredible value that offers similar gaming performance and excels in productivity work.
 
Likewise, the 8-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 3700X offers a compelling mix of performance at a friendly price point. This processor grapples with the Core i7-9700K, and like its counterpart, offers similar gaming performance but excels in threaded work. We also put the Ryzen 7 3800X, which is basically a higher-clocked version of the 3700X, under the microscope but found that it doesn't offer many advantages over the 3700X if you're not afraid of pressing the Precision Boost Overdrive button. Enthusiasts can save $75 by opting for the 3700X, making it the better choice if you have sufficient cooling to extract the best performance.

We put the screws to the 6-core 12-thread Ryzen 5 3600X and Ryzen 5 3600, finding both to be capable performers, though the Ryzen 5 3600 takes the value crown with nearly the same performance as its X-series counterpart, but for $50 less. Both CPUs offer far more value than Intel's competing models and come with all the standard value props of the Ryzen range, like bundled coolers and unrestrained overclockability even on lesser B-series motherboards.

The biggest news for those in need of lots of cores and threads is the Ryzen 9 3950X that AMD announced during E3. It sports 16 cores and 32 threads, with a boost clock of 4.7GHz. AMD says it will arrive this month for $749. We'll of course have to wait to run our own benchmarks before passing full judgement. But paired with a lower-cost X570 or X470 motherboard, it could give lower-end Threadripper builds a run for their money.

On the Intel side, the announcement of the Core i9-9900KS, promises all eight cores running at an impressive 5GHz out of the box, which should lead to some fairly substantial performance improvements. We still don't know pricing, or how much stock will actually be available of this binned version of the company's existing Core i9-9900 flagship chips, but Intel revealed those chips will land this month.

Gaming ScoreApplication ScoreCPUCores /ThreadsBase /BoostTDPBuy
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X~~Zen 212 / 243.8 / 4.6 GHz105WAMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Intel Core i9-9900K ~~Coffee Lake-R8 / 163.6 / 5.0 GHz95WIntel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900KF~~Coffee Lake-R8 / 163.6 / 5.0 GHz95WCore i9-9900KF
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X~~Zen 28 / 163.9 / 4.5 GHz105WAMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X~~Zen 28 / 163.6 / 4.4 GHz65WAMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Intel Core i7-9700K ~~Coffee Lake-R8 / 83.6 / 4.9 GHz95WCore i7-9700K
Intel Core i7-8700K10070.4Coffee Lake6 / 123.7 / 4.7 GHz95WCore i7-8700K
Intel Core i7-870099.9861.1Coffee Lake6 / 123.2 / 4.6 GHz65WIntel Core i7-8700
Intel Core i9-7960X99.9796.9Skylake16 / 322.8 / 4.2 GHz165WCore i9-7960X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X~~Zen 26 / 123.8 / 4.4 GHz95WAMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Intel Core i5-9600K~~Coffee Lake-R6 / 63.7 / 4.6 GHz95WI5-9600K
AMD Ryzen 5 3600~~Zen 26 / 123.6 / 4.265WAMD Ryzen 5 3600
Intel Core i5-8600K99.9156.1Coffee Lake6 / 63.6 / 4.3 GHz95WCore i5-8600K
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X98.257.9Zen+6 / 123.6 / 4.2 GHz95WRyzen 5 2600X
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X97.270Zen+8 / 163.7 / 4.3 GHz105WRyzen 7 2700X
Intel Xeon W-3175X~~Skylake28 / 563.1 / 4.3 GHz225WIntel Xeon W-3175X
Intel Core i9-9980XE    ~~Skylake18 / 364.4 / 4.5 GHz165WIntel Core i9-9980XE
Intel Core i9-7980XE9799.9Skylake18 / 362.6 / 4.2 GHz165WCore i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7900X9675Skylake10 / 203.3 / 4.3 GHz140WCore i9-7900X
Intel Core i5-8600~~Coffee Lake6 / 63.1 / 4.3 GHz65WIntel Core i5-8600
Intel Core i7-7700K96.645.4Kaby Lake4 / 84.2 / 4.5 GHz91WCore i7-7700K
Intel Core i5-8500~~Coffee Lake6 / 63.0 / 4.1 GHz65WCore i5-8500
Core i5-9400 / i5-9400F~~Coffee Lake6 / 62.9 / 4.1 GHz65WIntel Core i5-9400F
Intel Core i5-840095.645.8Coffee Lake6 / 62.8 / 4.0 GHz65WCore i5-8400
AMD Threadripper 2950X (GM)94100Zen +16 / 323.5 / 4.4 GHz180WRyzen Threadripper 2950X
Intel Core i7-7820X93.171.7Skylake8 / 163.6 / 4.3 GHz140WCore i7-7820X
Intel Core i3-8350K93.034.3Coffee Lake4 / 44.0 / - GHz91WCore i3-8350K
AMD Ryzen 7 270092.969Zen+8 / 163.2 / 4.1 GHz65WRyzen 7 2700
AMD Threadripper 1900X (GM)92.860Zen8 / 163.8 / 4.0 GHz180WRyzen Threadripper 1900X
Intel Core i7-770092.741.6Kaby Lake4 / 83.6 / 4.2 GHz65WCore i7-7700
Threadripper 2990WX (GM)92.499.6Zen+32 / 643.0 / 4.2 GHz250WRyzen Threadripper 2990WX
AMD Ryzen 5 260091.550.6Zen+6 / 123.4 / 3.9 GHz65WRyzen 5 2600
Intel Core i7-7800X88.770Skylake6 / 123.5 / 4.0 GHz140WIntel Core i7-7800X
Intel Core i5-7600K87.140Kaby Lake4 / 43.8 / 4.2 GHz91WIntel Core i5-7600K
AMD Threadripper 1950X (GM)86.788Zen16 / 323.4 / 4.0 GHz180WRyzen Threadripper 1950X
AMD Threadripper 1920X (GM)86.477.5Zen12 / 243.5 / 4.0 GHz180WRyzen Threadripper 1920X
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X86.159.2Zen8 / 163.6 / 4.0 GHz95WAMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Intel Core i5-760085.957Kaby Lake4 / 43.5 / 4.1 GHz65WCore i5-7600
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 85.755Zen8 / 163.8 / 3.9 GHz95WRyzen 7 1700X
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X84.848Zen6 / 123.6 / 4.0 GHz95WRyzen 5 1600X
AMD Ryzen 5 160082.646.5Zen6 / 123.2 / 3.6 GHz65WRyzen 5 1600
Intel Core i3-8300~~Coffee Lake4 / 43.7 / - GHz62WIntel Core i3-8300
Intel Core i3-810085.729.9Coffee Lake4 / 43.6 / - GHz65WIntel Core i3-8100
Intel Core i5-750079.932Kaby Lake4 / 43.4 / 3.8 GHz65WCore i5-7500
Intel Core i5-740076.730.9Kaby Lake4 / 43.0 / 3.5 GHz65WCore i5-7400
AMD Ryzen 7 170075.952Zen8 / 163.0 / 3.8 GHz65WRyzen 7 1700
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X75.735.4Zen4 / 83.5 / 3.7 GHz65WRyzen 5 1500X
Intel Core i3-7350K74.224Kaby Lake2 / 44.2 / - GHz60WIntel Core i3-7350K
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G72.034.2Zen+4 / 83.6 / 3.9 GHz65WAMD Ryzen 5 2400G
Intel Core i3-730069.823.3Kaby Lake2 / 44.0 / - GHz51WIntel Core i3-7300
Intel Core i3-710067.522Kaby Lake2 / 43.9 / - GHz51WIntel Core i3-7100
AMD Ryzen 5 140067.431.8Zen4 / 83.2 / 3.4 GHz65WRyzen 5 1400
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X66.726.4Zen4 / 43.5 / 3.7 GHz65WRyzen 3 1300X
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G65.526.3Zen+4 / 43.5 / 3.7 GHz65WRyzen 3 2200G
AMD Athlon 240GE~~Zen2 / 43.5 / - GHz35WAthlon 240GE
AMD Athlon 220GE~~Zen2 / 43.4 / - GHz35WAthlon 240GE
AMD Athlon 200GE ~~Zen2 / 43.2 / - GHz35WAthlon 200GE
Intel Pentium G5600~~Coffee Lake2 / 43.9 / - GHz54WPentium Gold G5600
Intel Pentium G5400 ~~Coffee Lake2 / 43.7 / - GHz54WPentium Gold G5400
Intel Pentium G462065.018.2Kaby Lake2 / 43.7 / - GHz54WIntel Pentium G4620
Intel Pentium G456061.517.5Kaby Lake2 / 43.5 / - GHz54WIntel Pentium G4560
AMD Ryzen 3 120061.122.7Zen4 / 43.1 / 3.2 GHz65WRyzen 5 2400G

*GM = gaming mode

You may be surprised to find that some less-expensive chips ranked above their upscale siblings. For example, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X comes out ahead of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X on this list because it offers better sustained performance, which was enough to help it do better on the overall suite of tests. However, depending on the application, you may see stronger results from the higher-end chip.

How We Tested

Unfortunately, the Spectre and Meltdown patches found us updating our testing image after the Ryzen 2000-series launch, which has left us with two distinct groups of test results. We have numerous entries in both databases, but neither is entirely complete (yet). As such, we've combined the test pools based upon relative results to the leading processors.

The numbers above represent gaming performance using eight game titles. We're using a geometric mean of the 99th percentile frame rate data, which we convert to an frames per second (FPS) metric, as our overall measure of gaming performance over the entirety of our gaming test suite. We used the Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU for our tests at HD resolution.

We compare a geometric mean of application performance in compression, decompression, HandBrake, Blender and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite to generate an application performance score.

We have also included several newer processors that we haven't tested yet, but we've assigned them basic positions in our hierarchy based on their capabilities. Naturally, this list will grow as we add more processors.

Test System and Configuration

Hardware
AMD Socket AM4 (400-Series)AMD Ryzen 2000-series processors
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC
2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 @ DDR4-2933
Intel LGA 1151 (Z370)Intel Coffee Lake processors
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 @ DDR4-2400, DDR4-2667
AMD Socket AM4 (300-Series)Ryzen 1000-series processors
MSI X370 Xpower Gaming Titanium
2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 @ DDR4-2667
Intel LGA 1151 (Z270)Intel Kaby Lake processors
MSI Z270 Gaming M7
2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 @ DDR4-2400
Intel LGA 2066Intel Skylake processors
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
4x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4-3200 @ DDR4-2666
AllEVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FE
1TB Samsung PM863
SilverStone ST1500-TI, 1500W
Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 - All Spectre and Meltdown mitigations
CoolingCorsair H115i

Legacy Desktop Processor Hierarchy

Recognizing that a lot of older platforms are going to be paired with graphics subsystems multiple generations old, we wanted to define the top of our range to encourage balance between host processing and complementary GPUs. At this point, anyone with a Sandy Bridge-based Core i7 would realize a gain from stepping up to Coffee Lake or Kaby Lake, for example. And putting AMD's top FX CPUs next to a handful of Core i7s and those older Core i5s represents an upgrade to their status.

Currently, our hierarchy consists of 13 total tiers. The bottom half of the chart is largely outdated; you'll notice those CPUs dragging down performance in the latest games, regardless of the graphics card installed in your PC. If you own a CPU in that range, an upgrade could really take your experience to another level.

Really, it's the top five tiers or so that remain viable. And in that top half of the chart, an upgrade is typically worthwhile if it's a least a couple of tiers higher. Otherwise, there's just not enough improvement to warrant the expense of a fresh CPU, motherboard and RAM (not to mention the graphics card and storage solution you'd be considering as well).

Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core i7-8700K ($382.00 On Walmart)
Intel Core i9-7900X ($969.00 On Walmart)
Intel Core i9-7960X ($1617.83 On Amazon)
Intel Core i9-7980XE ($1579.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-8700K ($382.00 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-7740X ($350.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-7700K ($344.61 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-7820X ($599.99 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X ($77.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-7700 ($317.07 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X ($199.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-8400 ($204.29 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 7 1800X ($220.79 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-7800X ($389.99 On Newegg)AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X ($549.99 On Newegg)
Intel Core i7-7700T ($339.99 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 7 1700X ($163.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-6950X ($1576.52 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 7 1700 ($219.79 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-6900K ($788.00 On Amazon)AMD Ryzen 5 1600X ($139.95 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-6850K ($492.75 On Amazon)AMD Ryzen 5 1600 ($103.57 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-6800K ($347.88 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 5 1500X ($127.00 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-6700K ($293.19 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 5 1400 ($139.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7 6700 ($317.97 On Walmart)AMD Ryzen 3 1300X ($66.56 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-5960X ($1,069.95 On Newegg)Ryzen 5 2400G ($59.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-5930K ($386.59 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-5820K ($350.90 On Walmart)
Intel Core i7-5775C ($1077.88 On Amazon)
Intel i7-4960X ($465.58 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-4930K
Intel Core i7-4820K
Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Core i7-4770K
Intel Core i7-4790
Intel Core i7-4771
Intel Core i7-4770
Intel Core i7-3970X
Intel Core i7-3960X
Intel Core i7-3930K
Intel Core i7-3820
Intel Core i7-3770K
Intel Core i7-3770
Intel Core i5-7640X ($243.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-7600K ($10.73 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-7600 ($269.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-7500 ($216.62 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-7400 ($201.30 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5 6600k ($248.73 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-6600 ($210.66 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-6500 ($210.04 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5 6402P ($488.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-6400 ($182.99 On Newegg)
Intel Core i5-5675C
Intel Core i5-4690K ($250.58 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-4670K
Intel Core i5-4590
Intel Core i5-4670
Intel Core i5-4570
Intel BX80646I54460 ($215.17 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-4440
Intel Core i5-4430
Intel Core i5-3570K
Intel Core i5-3570
Intel Core i5-3550
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core i7-990X Extreme
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme
Intel Core i7-2600K
Intel Core i7-2600
Intel Core i7-965
Intel Core i5-3470
Intel Core i5-3450PIntel Core i7-7700 ($317.07 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-3450AMD FX-9370 ($232.17 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-3350PAMD FX-8370 ($220.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-3330AMD FX-8350 w/Wraith ($159.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-2550KAMD FX-8320 ($124.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-2500KAMD FX-8300 ($99.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i5-2500AMD FX-8150
Intel Core i5-2450P
Intel Core i5-2400
Intel Core i5-2380P
Intel Core i5-2320
Intel Core i5-2310
Intel Core i5-2300
Intel Core i3-7350K ($167.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i3-7320 ($295.22 On Walmart)
Intel Core i3-7300 ($169.89 On B&H)
Intel Core i3-7100 ($131.99 On B&H)
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core i7-980
Intel Core i7-970
Intel Core i7-960
Intel Core i7-875K
Intel Core i7-870
Intel Core i3 6320 ($218.52 On Amazon)
Intel Core i3 6300 ($130.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i3-6100 ($130.34 On Walmart)AMD FX-6350 w/Wraith ($134.99 On Amazon)
Intel Core i3 6100T ($136.99 On Tiger Direct)AMD FX-4350 ($716.00 On Walmart)
Intel Core i3-6098P ($372.00 On Amazon)AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
Intel Core i3-4360AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
Intel Core i3-4350AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 980
Intel Core i3-4340AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 975
Intel Core i3-4170
Intel Core i3-4160
Intel Core i3-4150
Intel Core i3-4130
Intel Core i3-3250
Intel Core i3-3245
Intel Core i3-3240
Intel Core i3-3225
Intel Core i3-3220
Intel Core i3-3210
Intel Core i3-2130
Intel Core i3-2025
Intel Core i3-2120
Intel Core i3-2105
Intel Core i3-2100
Intel Pentium G4620 ($143.92 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium G4600 ($126.42 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium G4560 ($79.99 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium G4500 ($74.86 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium G4400 ($62.24 On Walmart)
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
AMD FX-8370E ($310.09 On Amazon)
AMD FX-8320 ($149.01 On Amazon)
AMD FX-8120
AMD FX-6300 ($89.98 On Amazon)
AMD FX-6200
AMD FX-4300 ($99.95 On Amazon)
AMD FX-4170
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T
Intel Core i7-950AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition
Intel Core i7-940AMD Phenom II X4 965
Intel Core i7-930AMD Phenom II X4 955
Intel Core i7-920AMD A10-7890K APU ($411.00 On Amazon)
Intel Core i7-860Intel A10-7870K ($34.99 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-3220TAMD A10-7860K ($42.90 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-2405SAMD A10-7850K
Intel Core i5-2400SAMD A10-7800
Intel Core i5-760AMD A10-7700K
Intel Core i5-750AMD A10-6800K
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775AMD A10-6790K
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770AMD A10-6700
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650AMD A10-5800K
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650AMD A10-5700
Intel A8-7650K ($105.99 On Amazon)
AMD A8-7600 ($17.99 On eBay)
AMD A8-6600K
AMD A8-5600K
AMD A8-3870K
AMD A8-3870
AMD A8-3850
AMD Athlon X4 880K ($74.90 On Amazon)
Intel Athlon X4 870K (4th quarter) ($35.79 On Walmart)
Intel A10-7870K ($34.99 On Walmart)
AMD Athlon X4 750K
AMD Athlon X4 740
AMD Athlon X4 651K
AMD Athlon X4 645
AMD Athlon X4 641
AMD Athlon X4 640
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
AMD FX-6100
AMD FX-4130
AMD FX-4100
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800AMD Phenom II X6 1045T
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550AMD Phenom II X4 945
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450AMD Phenom II X4 940
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400AMD Phenom II X4 920
Intel Core i5-680AMD Phenom II X3 740
Intel Core i5-670AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
Intel Core i5-661AMD A8-6500
Intel Core i5-660AMD A8-5500
Intel Core i5-655KAMD A6 ($75.55 On Walmart)
Intel Core i5-650AMD A6 ($75.55 On Walmart)
Intel Core i3-2120TAMD A6-3670K
Intel Core i3-2100TAMD A6-3650
AMD Athlon II X4 635
AMD Athlon II X4 630
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500AMD Phenom II X4 910
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400AMD Phenom II X4 910e
Intel Core 2 Duo E7600AMD Phenom II X4 810
Intel Core i3-550AMD Athlon II X4 631
Intel Core i3-540AMD Athlon II X4 620
Intel Core i3-530AMD Athlon II X3 460
Intel Pentium G3470
Intel Pentium G3460
Intel Pentium G3450
Intel Pentium G3440
Intel Pentium G3430
Intel Pentium G3420
Intel Pentium G3260 ($106.67 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium G3258 ($67.00 On eBay)
Intel Pentium G3250
Intel Pentium G3220
Intel Pentium G2130
Intel Pentium G2120
Intel Pentium G2020
Intel Pentium G2010
Intel Pentium G870
Intel Pentium G860
Intel Pentium G850
Intel Pentium G840
Intel Pentium G645
Intel Pentium G640
Intel Pentium G630
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Intel Core 2 Duo E8300AMD Phenom II X4 905e
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200AMD Phenom II X4 805
Intel Core 2 Duo E8190AMD Phenom II X3 710
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500AMD Phenom II X3 705e
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition
Intel Pentium G620AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
Intel Celeron G1630AMD Phenom II X2 545
Intel Celeron G1620AMD Phenom X4 9950
Intel Celeron G1610AMD Athlon II X3 455
Intel Celeron G555AMD Athlon II X3 450
Intel Celeron G550AMD Athlon II X3 445
Intel Celeron G540AMD Athlon II X3 440
Intel Celeron G530AMD Athlon II X3 435
Intel Celeron G3950 ($65.35 On Amazon)AMD Athlon II X3 425
Intel Celeron G3930 ($61.10 On Walmart)
Intel Celeron G3930 ($61.10 On Walmart)
Intel Celeron G3900 ($47.49 On Amazon)
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
AMD Phenom X4 9850
AMD Phenom X4 9750
AMD Phenom X4 9650
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300AMD Phenom X4 9600
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200AMD Phenom X3 8850
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700AMD Phenom X3 8750
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550AMD Athlon II X2 370K
Intel Core 2 Duo E6540AMD Athlon II X2 265
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6700AMD Athlon II X2 260
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6600AMD Athlon II X2 255
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E650AMD A6-5500K
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6300AMD A6 ($75.55 On Walmart)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5800AMD A4-7300 ($112.00 On Amazon)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5700AMD A4-6400K
Intel Pentium G9650AMD A4-6300 ($229.99 On eBay)
AMD A4-5400K
AMD A4-5300
AMD A4-4400
AMD A4-4000
AMD A4-3400
AMD A4-3300
AMD Sempron 2650 ($40.33 On Walmart)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
AMD Phenom X4 9550
AMD Phenom X4 9500
AMD Phenom X4 9450e
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600AMD Phenom X4 9350e
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420AMD Phenom X3 8650
Intel Core 2 Duo E4700AMD Phenom X3 8600
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600AMD Phenom X3 8550
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500AMD Phenom X3 8450e
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400AMD Phenom X3 8450
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300AMD Phenom X3 8400
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200AMD Phenom X3 8250e
Intel Pentium Dual-Core G620TAMD Athlon II X2 250
AMD Athlon II X2 245
AMD Athlon II X2 240
AMD Athlon X2 7850
AMD Athlon X2 7750
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
AMD Phenom X4 9150e
AMD Phenom X4 9100e
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400AMD Athlon X2 7550
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320AMD Athlon X2 7450
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400AMD Athlon X2 5050e
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300AMD Athlon X2 4850e/b
Intel Celeron E3300AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300AMD Athlon X2 6550
Intel Core 2 Duo E5500AMD Athlon X2 6500
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2220AMD Athlon X2 4450e/b
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2200AMD Athlon X2 4600+
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2210AMD Athlon X2 4400+
Intel Celeron E3200AMD Athlon X2 4200+
AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2180AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
Intel Celeron 1600AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Intel Celeron G440AMD Athlon X2 4050e
AMD Athlon X2 2300 Black Edition
Intel CPUsAMD CPUs and APUs
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140
Intel Celeron E1500
Intel Celeron E1400
Intel Celeron E1200


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  • abryant
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3819348/intel-amd-processor-hierarchy.html
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  • King_V
    Will the G5xxx Pentiums, as well as the Ryzen-based Athlons, be added?

    Come to think about it, maybe the AM4 versions of the A10 and A12?

    Low end stuff, true, but still interesting I think to see where the new bottom-end CPUs fit relative to some of the older things that were decent performers in their day.
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  • Yarberger1
    I have an i5-3570. I have previously been told that an upgrade to (for example) an i7-8700K would see a significant improvement and would be well worth the investment. This article seems to say the exact opposite.

    I presently have a 1920x1080 monitor and GTX960 GPU. My system is used for general office applications, surfing and limited gaming (WoW, with an intention to switch to Elite: Dangerous shortly).
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  • King_V
    My son, at his mother's house, still uses an i5-2320 with a GTX 660Ti. Handles his needs just fine. I'd say with your usage, what you have is more than sufficient.
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  • Yarberger1
    Would this remain the case if I were to upgrade to a 2560x1440 monitor? (Thanks for the reply)
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  • King_V
    That I couldn't say - as I'm not familiar with those particular games or how demanding they are.

    Might be more appropriate to start a separate thread though, for that question. That way you're more likely to get people who can address that question than who would see it buried in the midst of this thread about the hierarchy charts.
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  • urbanman2004
    Would it be advisable to upgrade the GPU on a system running a i7-980X (w/ 16GB RAM) from a GTX 680 (2GB) to a GTX 1070 (8GB)?
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  • King_V
    That would really be more dependent on your monitor's resolution and refresh rate. Could be the right choice, could be a bit of overkill, depending on the monitor.
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  • nufelevas
    Here are the prices updates to February 2019.

    The size of the bubbles indicate application performance.

    The labels in red belong to best buys (lower price or higher performance)


    Not all prices and processors on the article are on sale anymore, so I excluded some CPUs.

    Prices source:
    Intel Core i7-8700K $ 400 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07598VZR8/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allIntel Core i7-8700 $ 350 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07598HLB4/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i9-7960X $ 930 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B075XRYMDS/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i5-8600K $ 260 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759FKH8K/?tag=pcpapi-20AMD Ryzen 5 2600X $ 216 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07B428V2L/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allAMD Ryzen 7 2700X $ 310 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07B428M7F/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allIntel Core i9-7980XE $ 1.900 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intel-Core-i9-7980XE-Skylake-X-18-Core-2-6-GHz-LGA-2066-Desktop-Processor-BX80673I97980X/267995409?affp1=Gf2ssvCIn0M5cClvlZxbzAfXxGbjFWVJaxJnUrYVLKY&affilsrc=api&u1=&oid=223073.7200&wmlspartner=8BacdVP0GFs&sourceid=24923187711495984409&affillinktype=14&veh=affIntel Core i9-7900X $ 1.013 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAA6581U4822&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-ed-Future%20Publishing%20Ltd-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=12920453&PID=8900246&SID=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312Intel Core i7-7700K $ 419 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01MXSI216/ref=olp_f_new?ie=UTF8&f_new=trueIntel Core i5-8400 $ 200 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0759FGJ3Q/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newAMD Threadripper 2950X $ 930 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07GFN6CVF/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i7-7820X $ 670 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B072NF4BY3/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i3-8350K $ 200 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0759FWJDK/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newAMD Ryzen 7 2700 $ 260 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07B41717Z/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allAMD Threadripper 1900X $ 310 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0754JNQBP/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allIntel Core i7-7700 $ 340 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01N0L41N7/ref=olp_f_new?ie=UTF8&f_new=trueThreadripper 2990WX $ 1.730 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07G25SD1P/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newAMD Ryzen 5 2600 $ 165 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B07B41WS48/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i7-7800X $ 400 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117793&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink2-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=8167422&SID=js0gcflbe00035wt05278&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-VigLink2&cjevent=05fe1ba92e0c11e98283044d0a24060dIntel Core i5-7600K $ 280 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01MRRPPQS/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allAMD Threadripper 1950X $ 590 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113447&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-ed-Future%20Publishing%20Ltd-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=12920453&PID=8900246&SID=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312AMD Threadripper 1920X $ 450 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B074CBJHCT/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newAMD Ryzen 7 1800X $ 320 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06W9JXK4G/ref=olp_f_new?ie=UTF8&f_new=trueIntel Core i5-7600 $ 270 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01MYTYSMK?tag=hawk-future-20&ascsubtag=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312-20AMD Ryzen 7 1700X $ 190 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06X3W9NGG/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allAMD Ryzen 5 1600X $ 160 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06XKWT7GD/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allIntel Core i3-8100 $ 119 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0759FTRZL/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i5-7500 $ 242 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01MZZJ1P0/ref=olp_f_new?ie=UTF8&f_new=trueIntel Core i5-7400 $ 220 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117731&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-ed-Future%20Publishing%20Ltd-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=12920453&PID=8900246&SID=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $ 170 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06WP5YCX6/ref=olp_f_new?ie=UTF8&f_new=trueAMD Ryzen 5 1500X $ 160 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06XKVNRSM/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i3-7350K $ 200 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117772&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink2-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=8167422&SID=js0h0apiku0035wt05278&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-VigLink2&cjevent=9d681f5d2e0e11e9809a04500a240614AMD Ryzen 5 2400G $ 150 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B079D8FD28/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Core i3-7300 $ 241 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01N59LL8R?tag=hawk-future-20&ascsubtag=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312-20Intel Core i3-7100 $ 170 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01NCESRJX/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=allAMD Ryzen 5 1400 $ 135 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B06XKWT8J4/ref=olp_f_new?tag=hawk-future-20&ascsubtag=tomshardware-thaus:en_US_18_Review_4312-20&f_new=trueAMD Ryzen 3 1300X $ 160 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0741DLVL7/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newAMD Ryzen 3 2200G $ 95 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B079D3DBNM/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=newIntel Pentium G4560 $ 110 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117743&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink2-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=8167422&SID=js0h9q5vas0035wt05278&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-VigLink2&cjevent=a399b49e2e0f11e9826d04460a24060fAMD Ryzen 3 1200 $ 95 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0741DN383/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new
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  • drawingpin
    The amazon prices showing for the likes of the Ryzen 2600X are inflated as they're displaying the price for a combo deal with a Corsair AIO. Not very helpful as price is a huge factor and the Ryzen CPUs already come with their own cooler.
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