TOP-10 popular processors
When choosing a processor, you always want to get the best option for your tasks with the best price / performance ratio. We propose to consider the ten most popular desktop models in our market. This rating is dynamically formed based on the number of views of specific CPU models by hotline.ua visitors and transitions to the pages of online stores over the past 14 days. Let’s see which models most often fell into the focus of potential buyers at the beginning of 2021. When choosing a processor, you always want to get the best option for your tasks with the best price / performance ratio. We propose to consider the ten most popular desktop models in our market. This rating is dynamically formed based on the number of views of specific CPU models by hotline.ua visitors and transitions to the pages of online stores over the past 14 days. Let’s see which models were most often in the focus of potential buyers at the beginning of 2021.
1. Intel Core i5-10400F
The popularity rating of processors is topped by the Core i5-10400F (6/12; 2.9 / 4.3 GHz). Such a high position of this model, on the one hand, is of interest, on the other, it has a completely logical explanation. It is this 6-core processor that currently offers the best price / performance ratio.
After a long history with a shortage of Intel chips, the manufacturer still managed to establish the proper production volumes of desktop processors and, which is very important, adhere to the declared cost. For the equivalent of $ 175, we get a rather vigorous 6-core 12-thread chip, which is somewhat inferior to its classmates from AMD in applied resource-intensive tasks, but it certainly does not get lost in games and is much cheaper than the solutions of the main competitor. The latter fact is especially surprising, but such are the realities of the beginning of 2021.
2. Intel Core i3-10100F
Another very tempting offer from Intel turned out to be a 4-core processor Core i3-10100F (4/8; 3.6 / 4.3 GHz). The model with disabled integrated graphics appeared on the market much later than the modification with enabled GPU. The manufacturer, without much fanfare, added it to its price list, and at first such versions in retail sales were almost more expensive than chips with an included video core.
When the cost settled, it turned out that we are dealing with the most affordable 4-core 8-thread processor on the market, which for its ~ $ 100 turns out to be perhaps the most tempting way to spend the above amount when assembling an entry-class gaming platform. While its direct competitors only added to the price or left the market altogether, the Core i3-10100F was exactly where it was. In general, price dumping, which is not typical for Intel, works great in practice. To the delight of buyers, of course.
3. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
The arrival of Zen 3 processors has significantly improved AMD’s already strong position in the desktop chip market. A significant performance per clock (IPC) update has significantly increased the overall processing power of the CPU. To be honest, it was somewhat surprising that of the entire line of Vermeer chips, the 12-core model Ryzen 9 5900X (12/24; 3.7 / 4.8 GHz) turned out to be the most popular at the beginning of 2021.
A completely non-budgetary chip costing ~ $ 700 is of interest primarily to those who create media content, working with multi-threaded applications that use the full potential of such CPUs. Intel’s product range now has nothing to offer as an alternative. At least within the consumer LGA1200 platform.
4. AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
The Ryzen 7 3700X (8/16; 3.6 / 4.4 GHz) is still quite popular. An 8-core 16-thread processor remains an attractive option for multi-threaded tasks in cases where the user needs computing resources, but he is not ready to seriously spend money on buying the fastest CPU.
Although the cost of AMD processors has recently been less and less pleasing, but ~ $ 350, in our opinion, is a fair price for a chip with such capabilities.
5. AMD Ryzen 5 2600
The base 6-core models from AMD remain in high demand as well. So, the almost three-year-old Ryzen 5 2600 (6/12; 3.4 / 3.9 GHz) today absolutely does not look like “hello to the past”, although its position in the rating has been somewhat shaken with the release of Intel’s starting CPUs with the same functional formula. Despite using the Zen + computing architecture, 6/12 processors fit perfectly into the same entry-class gaming systems. The $ 150 price tag is a compelling argument that heightens the attention to this model.
6. AMD Ryzen 5 3600
The recent favorite in the popularity rating of processors has somewhat surrendered its positions, and for several reasons at once. The Ryzen 5 3600 (6/12; 3.6 / 4.2 GHz) is still a good chip, quite suitable for mid-range configurations, but recently its retail price has increased by 20% – from $ 200 to $ 240-250. In this class of processors, the price plays a very important role, because the popularity of Ryzen 5 3600 chips has slightly decreased, especially against the background of much more affordable models from Intel. For the difference in the price of 6-core models (~ $ 70) in the case of the same Core i5-10400F, you can already buy either a simple motherboard, or a 16 GB dual-channel memory kit, or a 500 GB SSD.
7. AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
Ryzen 5 5600X (6/12; 3.7 / 4.6 GHz) is still the most affordable model in the new family of Vermeer processors with Zen 3 architecture. Given that the current retail price of the chip is about $ 350, the line of the most advanced CPUs from AMD remains the lot of those who are ready to spend a lot of money on the purchase of a new processor.
The six-core Ryzen 5 5600X is undeniably good, but considering the price, it already invades the territory of 8-core models. For example, the same Ryzen 7 3700X or Core i7-10700F. And in this case, the Ryzen 5 5600X becomes just a decent processor for its money, but not an uncompromising solution. The popularity of the chip is quite high, but the future more affordable processor of the Vermeer line will be able to count on universal popular love.
8.AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Processors with the designation Ryzen 5 1600 (6/12; 3.2 / 3.6 GHz) went on sale almost 4 years ago. A very decent period for such a dynamic segment of PC components. However, the manufacturer throughout this period managed to maintain interest in this 6-core model. At the start of sales, it regularly ranked among the top popular chips. With the release of new generations of processors, the manufacturer has reduced the selling price to a level that allows keeping this model in the cage of the most popular CPUs. Moreover, about a year ago, while optimizing production orders, AMD upgraded the Ryzen 5 1600 from 14nm to a 12nm Zen + chip. After such an update, the “veteran” actually differs from the Ryzen 5 2600 only in the standard frequency formula. In good times, the Ryzen 5 1600 was very pleased with the excellent selling price (~ $ 110), but now they have risen in price to ~ $ 135. In addition, from time to time they completely disappear from sale, but over time they reappear on the shelves, allowing some savings for those who focus on chips from this price category.
9.Intel Core i5-10400
The basic version of the 6-core Intel processor with activated graphics – Core i5-10400 (6/12; 2.9 / 4.3 GHz) – was in 9th position in the ranking. For a number of tasks, the presence of discrete graphics is not necessary, therefore, there is no need to spend money on a separate video card. Just for such cases, Intel offers versions of chips with an attached video core.
Considering the relatively small difference in price (~ $ 15–20) with a modification without integrated graphics, this choice is quite justified. Moreover, even a simple “build-in” can come in handy during the next upgrade, when the previous video card is no longer available, and the purchase of a new one has stretched out in time. For some, it may be an opportunity to wait out difficult times, but for some, the capabilities of Intel UHD 630 will be enough.
10.AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
The new model Ryzen 7 5800X (8/16; 3.8 / 4.7 GHz) closes the top ten most popular processors. The fastest 8-core processor on the market with high single-threaded and multi-threaded performance. However, it is also the most expensive model in its class. By increasing the efficiency of chips with Zen 3 architecture, AMD simultaneously increased the recommended cost of its processors, and not a better situation with availability additionally affects the final price tags. As a result, an 8-core CPU costs about $ 500, which does not allow an certainly interesting model to rise higher in the rating of user interest.
Additionally, we note that retail (BOX) versions of the Ryzen 7 5800X chips, as in the case of the Ryzen 9 5900X, are offered without a complete cooler, so you should initially count on the purchase of a cooling system. Considering the TDP of 105 W, in this case, you need a fairly efficient CO.