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AMD Athlon X4 845 and Near-Silent 95W AMD Thermal Solution AD845XACKASBX

A great budget option for the basic PC.

SuperZan

Pros: Improved core-performance over PD, FM2+ chipset is decent, sips power, runs cool and quiet, handles ST and light MT tasks with aplomb.

Cons: Base-clock OC only which is difficult to stabilise, not as quick as newer Intel budget chips in ST loads, still a budget CPU.

The Athlon line has been a solid choice in the budget tier for some time now. While the newer Pentiums and i3's will outpace the Athlons in single-core performance, they also only come in 2c/2t (Pentium range) or with a somewhat hefty price-tag for the budget range (i3). Additionally, a full-featured motherboard for an Intel processor will run a bit more than an FM2+ board in most...
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Intel's 4th Generation i7 Haswell 'non-k suffix' Powerhouse
Intel's 4th Generation i7 Haswell 'non-k suffix' Powerhouse
 i7-5820K after OCing to 4.4 GHz benchmark will able to compete with 5930K
i7-5820K after OCing to 4.4 GHz benchmark will able to compete with 5930K
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Intel  Core i3-4370  3.8GHz  LGA 1150  Desktop Processor

Intel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor

“If your looking for a fast dual core CPU, this is your best option. ” --WorldOfMine

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

“Enough of the jokes. I take Tom's "Best CPU" monthly articles literally...for gaming (of which I not much of a), "if you're not going to OC, you probably don't need more than a 4440.) And when I was looking of an i5 for this new build I'm now working on, I saw an offer of this i5-4440 for only $168 at NCIX, it seemed that it would do. Review is predicated on a damned good price basically....” --dennphill

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Pentium G2030 / 3 GHz processor

Intel Pentium G2030 / 3 GHz processor

“I had one of these 1155 Pentium CPUs for a year, give or take a few days. With 8 GB RAM and a Gigabyte GT 730 GPU added onto an ASRock H61M-VS4 Motherboard, the G2030 was quite capable of doing small 3D renderings in TurboCAD, and it can handle older games like Xcom and the UT series, though not on hi-res. There was also no problem with movie watching, (as long as all necessary codecs are...” --Kosenator

100% Positive Reviews
AMD A8-7600 Standard Edition Processor - 3.8GHz

AMD A8-7600 Standard Edition Processor - 3.8GHz

“Benchmark Results CPU: AMD A8-7600 (45W / 65W), stock speeds Motherboard: Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H RAM: 2 X 4GB G.Skill ARES DDR3-2133 CL9 Graphics card driver: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Hotfix (15.301.1901.0) 1) 3D Mark Sky Diver 1.0 45W, DDR3-1600 CL11 – 4021 65W, DDR3-1600 CL11 – 4681 45W, DDR3-2133 CL9 – 4756 65W, DDR3-2133 CL9 – 4992 I'd be adding more results as we go...” --scamperor

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i5-4440S 2.8GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Intel Core i5-4440S 2.8GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

“Operates at 2.9ghz on all 4 cores. If you have a motherboard with enhanced turbo it will operate at 3.3 ghz on all 4 cores. Never gets bogged down.” --Pointy

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i7-4771 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Intel Core i7-4771 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

“So I couldn't wait until I had saved enough for a Haswell 'Devil's Canyon' Unlocked CPU to put into my new Maximus VI Hero, and instead bought a Haswell i7 4771. I was prepared for a little disappointment, and have never been more pleasantly surprised. I seriously recommend this CPU for anyone looking for a high powered gaming processor, without any need to be 'overclocked'. Pair it with...” --way2aware

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 Processor

“This has been one champ of a CPU. You can just keep throwing any number of tasks at it and it will just continue to preform without a problem. Overclocks super easy and can hit the 5GHz zone with a good water cooler on it. Another fantastic product by Intel!” --JoeDirt

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz LGA 1150 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

“ I'm going to put a summary here and put the in depth stuff in the link later on. Haswell IS on average, faster than Ivy or Sandy Bridge once you factor in the IPC improvements. I assume you're overclocking. The results vary a lot as the amount of voltage required at a clock varies a lot. It is truly a lottery more than ever with this one. Haswell can tolerate a bit higher temps than older...” --Darkwizzie

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz LGA1155

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz LGA1155

“It's fast. Not really much to say, got all the features like PCI-E 3.0, Quad-Core, Unlocked, 22 nm, faster memory clocks. Dislike all you want, you know I just summarized every review about the i5 3570k.” --RainbowPee

100% Positive Reviews
Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K

Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz 8M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I76700K

With faster, intelligent, multi-core technology that applies processing power where it's needed most, Intel Core i7 processors deliver an incredible breakthrough in PC performance. You'll multitask applications faster and unleash incredible digital media creation. And you'll experience maximum performance for everything you do.

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