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Best Computer Processors

Updated November 2018
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A computer processor is the brain of the machine. It needs to be able to handle everything you’ll do on your computer. The 2 leading computer processor manufacturers are Intel and AMD. While Intel processors tend to work more efficiently, AMD has a special feature whereby you can “overclock” your computer, pushing it beyond what it’s supposed to be able to handle. While 2 and 4 cores are standard, computer processors are now available with as many as 8 cores for intense gamers, filmmakers, and graphic designers. Processing speed can climb to as high as 5.0 Ghz, though most will do fine at half that speed. The computer processor you choose needs to be compatible with the motherboard you have or plan to install.

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  • 10 Models Considered
  • 6 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 387 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
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