The 6 Best Processors of 2019
The best cheap processors
In this price range, we already find reliable models that have great qualities.
These two AMD models offer good computing performance for little money.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 : the best cheap
Despite the fact that the monopoly of processors belongs to Intel, AMD is gradually taking over the market. In 2017, the American brand launched the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, a high-performance entry-level model with simple installation.
It has a 12-channel SMT (simultaneous multithreading) with a computing power of 3.4 GHz (3.9 GHz when it goes into boost mode). This six-core CPU provides better audio and video rendering to improve performance. Here we obtain a CPU at high speed. However, the classic model is 10% slower than its “X” version.
This model makes it possible to make montages and to bring a surplus value in terms of image processing. Thus, it becomes a perfect tool for amateur gamers, a little less for enthusiasts (who will head to an Intel model). For office use, it is not slowed down either. Many users particularly appreciate the automatic locking which is done thanks to the options “Precision Boost” and “XFR” (Extended Frequency Range, for version “X”).
In terms of compatibility, we have an AM4 compatible socket. It should not be neglected either with the X370, X470, A320 and B350 motherboard controllers.
This processor has a copper base plate that transfers heat. The temperature rarely exceeds 65 ° C. Thanks to the collaboration of AMD with the subcontractor Cool Master for the manufacture of coolers, we are faced with a silent product.
At the energy level, the Ryzen 5 2600 consumes about 58 W at rest and 136 charge. However, it’s more than the energy consumption of Intel products.
In the end, this model designed by AMD is quiet, stable and fast. It’s a good chip with great computing performance for an entry-level processor.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G : the cheap alternative
The best midrange processors
In this section, we’ve focused on performance and rendering based on usage types.
We find, again, two models from AMD. One is perfect for calculations that require a lot of resources, the other has good overall performance.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X : the best midrange
With eight cores and a SMT that displays 16 threads, this model offers a base frequency of 3.7 GHz, up to 4.35 GHz with the Boost. The memory capacity reaches its limit at 16 MB and operates at 3200 MHz. With these numbers, it can be used for a fixed PC dedicated to gaming or image processing.
From a compatibility point of view, the CPU has an AM4 socket. It offers a good rendering on a computer with a resolution of 1080p, 1440p or 4k, and its efficiency is particularly noticeable in three dimensions.
When you are in the middle of the game, the processor reaches a heat of 50 ° C. It can go down to 32 ° C at rest and rise to 64 ° C during loading (with a maximum temperature of 85 ° C for very demanding games). Some users regret the noise it makes when it is at full power. The Cool Master Rgb cooler makes it possible to stabilize it.
We advise you to buy a better watercooling. This coolant will give your processor the ability to maintain a reasonable heat.
This product consumes less (51 W) than the Ryzen 5 2600 (58 W). However, AMD often requires more energy consumption than Intel.
In the end, with a performance index of 137 (108 for games), this processor is stable and has a multi-threading that gives it a lot of power. In addition, this model of the platform “Zen +” has a great potential for compatibility.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X : the mid-range alternative
The best high-end processors
Here, with a larger budget, we have been more demanding in terms of performance, thus ensuring gamers an even smoother experience.
Without real surprise, two models of the Intel brand stand out.
Intel Core i7 9700K : the best high end
The Intel Core i7 9700k is a model that is part of Intel’s Coffee Lake collection. Like his peers, he has the Coffee Lake architecture. This processor represents one of those that illustrate the transition from the 8th to the 9th generation.
From a technical point of view, the model is equipped with eight cores and a base frequency of 3.6 GHz. With the Boost function and the overclocking option, it can run up to 4.9 GHz on two cores. It also has a cache of 12 MB. Despite its good computing power, it does not have Hyper-Threading.
We are here with an Intel LGA 1151 compatible socket as well as the 300 series motherboard controllers and the new Z390s. It should be noted that if you have a model of the 8th generation, it is not necessary to change the motherboard.
The processor does not make a lot of noise. Its temperature rises to 36 ° C for simple use and up to 60 ° for games. With the increase in frequency, the cooler tends to overheat but the cooling system reduces the risks.
Indeed, a more powerful processor requires a more efficient cooling system. To preserve your machine, however, you can pair it with a liquid cooler.
Compared with other models, energy consumption is low at rest (44 W). It is perfect for a gamer, as for office or photo editing.
In summary, with a performance index of 147, the i7 9700k presents exemplary and powerful performance up to 4.9 GHz. Relatively quiet, it offers a host of options in terms of compatibility. It is ideal to play and navigate without consuming too much.
Intel Core i9 9900K : the high-end alternative