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    CPU Hierarchy 2019 – CPU Tier List For Processors

     

    CPU ModelCore/Thread CountBase Clock (GHz)Overclocking SupportedSocket
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX 32 (64) 3 Yes TR4
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX 24 (48) 3 Yes TR4
    Intel Core i9-9900K 8 (16) 3.6 Yes LGA1151
    Ryzen 9 3900X 12 (24) 3.8 Yes AM4
    Ryzen 7 3800X 8 (16) 3.9 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i9-7980XE 18 (36) 2.6 Yes LGA 2066
    Intel Core i9-7960X 16 (32) 2.8 Yes LGA 2066
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950WX 16 (32) 3.5 Yes TR4
    Intel Core i7-9700K 8 (8) 3.6 Yes LGA1151
    Ryzen 7 3700X 8 (16) 3.6 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i9-7940X 14 (28) 3.1 Yes LGA 2066
    Intel Core i9-7920X 12 (24) 2.9 Yes LGA 2066
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920WX 12 (24) 3.5 Yes TR4
    Intel Core i9-7900X 10 (20) 3.3 Yes LGA 2066
    Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 (32) 3.4 Yes TR4
    Intel Core i5-9600K 6 (6) 3.7 Yes LGA1151
    Ryzen 5 3600X 6 (12) 3.8 Yes AM4
    Ryzen 5 3600 6 (12) 3.6 Yes AM4
    Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 12 (24) 3.5 Yes TR4
    Ryzen Threadripper 1900X 8 (16) 3.8 Yes TR4
    Intel Core i7-8700K 6 (12) 3.7 Yes LGA1151
    Intel Core i7-8700 6 (12) 3.2 No LGA1151
    Ryzen 7 2700X 8 (16) 3.7 Yes AM4
    Ryzen 7 2700 8 (16) 3.2 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i5-8600K 6 (6) 3.6 Yes LGA1151
    Intel Core i5-9500 6 (6) 3 No LGA1151
    Intel Core i5-9400 6 (6) 2.9 No LGA1151
    Intel Core i3-8350K 4 (4) 4.0 Yes LGA1151
    Ryzen 5 2600X 6 (12) 3.6 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i5-8400 6 (6) 2.8 No LGA1151
    Ryzen 5 2600 6 (12) 3.4 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i3-9100 4 (4) 3.6 No LGA1151
    Ryzen 5 3400G 4 (8) 3.7 Yes AM4
    Ryzen 3 3200G 4 (4) 3.6 Yes AM4
    Intel Core i3-8100 4 (4) 3.6 No LGA1151
    Ryzen 5 2400G 4 (8) 3.6 Yes AM4
    Ryzen 3 2200G 4 (4) 3.5 Yes AM4
    Intel Pentium G5600 2 (4) 3.9 No LGA1151
    Intel Pentium G5500 2 (4) 3.8 No LGA1151
    Intel Pentium G4620 4 (4) 3.8 No LGA1151
    Intel Pentium G5400 2 (4) 3.7 No LGA1151
    Intel Pentium G4600 2 (4) 3.6 No LGA1151
    Intel Pentium G4560 2 (4) 3.5 No LGA1151
    AMD Athlon 240GE 2 (4) 3.5 No AM4
    AMD Athlon 220GE 2 (4) 3.4 No AM4
    AMD Athlon 200GE 2 (4) 3.2 No AM4
    AMD A12-9800 4 (4) 3.8 Yes AM4
    AMD A12-9800E 4 (4) 3.1 Yes AM4
    AMD A10-9700 4 (4) 3.5 Yes AM4
    AMD A10-9700E 4 (4) 3 Yes AM4
    AMD A8-9600 4 (4) 3.1 Yes AM4
    Intel Celeron G4900 2 (2) 3.1 No LGA1151
    AMD A6-9500 2 (2) 3.5 Yes AM4
    AMD A6-9500E 2 (2) 3 Yes AM4
     

    Tier 1 – Unmatched Power

    The first tier CPUs are the most powerful microprocessors currently on the market. They push the norms both in regards to speed and core count, have higher than average power draw and are physically larger as well.

    They are the most powerful processors overall but are not aimed towards gamers. Rather, they are the best fit for high-end workstations and servers. Getting one solely for gaming would be a waste, both of money and of their potential.

    AMD and Intel are quite competitive in this tier, as the Threadripper and Core i9 CPUs are on fairly even terms, although the former have the upper hand when it comes to multitasking (due to a higher core and thread count) while the latter still fare better in regards to single-core tasks.

    AMD CPUsIntel CPUs
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Intel Core i9-9900K
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Intel Core i9-7980XE
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950WX Intel Core i9-7960X
    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920WX Intel Core i9-7940X
    Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Intel Core i9-7920X
    Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Intel Core i9-7900X
    Ryzen Threadripper 1900X  
    Ryzen 9 3900X  
    Ryzen 9 3800X

     

    Tier 2 – A More Accessible Powerhouse

    The second tier CPUs focus on offering superb performance for desktop PCs at much more affordable prices than their first tier counterparts. They come with high core counts and the vast majority uses the mainstream sockets, which would be AM4 and LGA1151 for AMD and Intel respectively.

    These CPUs are a great choice both for workstations and gaming PCs, provided that the gaming PC in question is equipped either with either multiple GPUs or an exceedingly powerful one. For the average gamer, however, any of these CPUs would still be an overkill.

    Once again, there is quite a bit of competition in this tier ever since AMD had released most of their original Ryzen 7 models in early 2017. When put up against one another, the 2nd generation Ryzen and the 9th generation Intel CPUs are on relatively even terms: Intel remains on top when it comes to single-threaded tasks, but AMD has the upper hand in regards to multitasking, all the while their CPUs are slightly more affordable.

    AMD CPUsIntel CPUs
    Ryzen 7 3700X Intel Core i7-9700K
    Ryzen 7 2700X Intel Core i7-8700K
    Ryzen 7 2700 Intel Core i7-8700

    Tier 3 – A Gamer’s Favorite

    The third tier CPUs are the most popular in the gaming community by far. They offer excellent performance and a high number of cores at very approachable prices, making them ideal for gaming and miscellaneous computer use.

    Much like with the previous two tiers, AMD only truly became competitive in this price range with the release of Ryzen 5 CPUs around the middle of 2017, and as with their pricier counterparts described above, the Intel vs AMD situation remains largely the same in this tier.

    AMD CPUsIntel CPUs
    Ryzen 5 3600X Intel Core i5-9600K
    Ryzen 5 3600 Intel Core i5-9500
    Ryzen 5 2600X Intel Core i5-9400
    Ryzen 5 2600 Intel Core i5-8600K
      Intel Core i5-8400
      Intel Core i3-8350K

     

    Tier 4 – A More Affordable Gaming Solution

    The fourth tier CPUs are not as powerful as third tier ones in terms of raw performance but are much more affordable than the aforementioned “beefier” models. Combine that with the fact that they are more than sufficient for running mid-range GPUs, and it becomes apparent as to why they are the most cost-effective option for a lot of gamers.

    AMD used to have a flimsy presence in this range that consisted solely of their dated FX CPUs which could not compete with what Intel was offering. But as before, with the introduction of Ryzen 3, AMD had very viable solutions once again, and this led to Intel upgrading their Core i3 CPUs to true quad-core status, as opposed to the hyper-threaded dual-cores that they were before.

    AMD CPUsIntel CPUs
    Ryzen 5 3400G Intel Core i3-9100
    Ryzen 3 3200G Intel Core i3-8100
    Ryzen 5 2400G  
    Ryzen 3 2200G

     

    Tier 5 – Good For Those On A Tight Budget

    And finally, there are the fifth tier CPUs which are the most affordable CPUs out there, but as such, they are also the weakest. They are ideal for regular non-gaming PCs or office computers but they will inevitably bottleneck all but the most affordable GPUs to varying degrees.

    This tier consists of several latest CPUs and APUs from Intel and AMD respectively. This includes the Intel Pentium and Celeron CPUs, as well as the AMD Athlon and A-series APUs.


    AMD CPUsIntel CPUs
    AMD Athlon 240GE Intel Pentium G5600
    AMD Athlon 220GE Intel Pentium G5500
    AMD Athlon 200GE Intel Pentium G4620
    AMD A12-9800 Intel Pentium G5400
    AMD A12-9800E Intel Pentium G4600
    AMD A10-9700 Intel Pentium G4560
    AMD A10-9700E Intel Celeron G4900
    AMD A8-9600  
    AMD A6-9500  
    AMD A6-9500E
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