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CPU Tier List (Updated August. 2021) #1 Ultimate Guide

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This is a blog post where I will show you, the gamers, the TOP 10 CPU’s (Central Processing Unit) in the world. For example, We look at all the CPU’s that has the best graphics performance, the best performance in day to day tasks and the best performance at gaming.

Every year, Intel and AMD release strong gaming and workstation CPUs, giving each other a fair run for their money. You should be aware that there is a distinction between gaming and workstation CPUs, and they cannot be utilized interchangeably in a competitive environment. You may be aware that the CPU is a critical component of any gaming PC, and we cannot and should not skimp on it. We’ve split the top known CPUs into tiers based on price and performance in this CPU hierarchy, and I’m certain you’ll find this CPU tier list useful when shopping for or researching a new processor.

Knowing the criteria makes the computer hardware purchasing process much easier, but if you don’t, it may be tough and complicated. You should also look at a few aspects of the processor, since not every CPU performs the same in gaming and other demanding programs. There was a time when I thought hyper-threading was limited to core i3 and core i7 processors, but times have changed, and even I am confused when referring to the number of core threads in a desktop CPU. PSU Tier List 2021 (Related) GPU Tier List 2021 (Related)

The performance of CPUs in the same category are similar in this CPU tier list, although their specs may differ. These CPU hierarchy charts aren’t unique to gaming or multi-threaded apps, but we’ve compiled an all-encompassing list for all users since the vast majority of users have requested a CPU tier list for 2021.

Workstation Processors (Tier 1)

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We have some powerful computer processors at the top of the list that provide outstanding performance in server-related tasks. I’d like to point out that AMD Threadripper CPUs excel in multi-threaded applications, while Intel processors excel in pure gaming performance. These CPUs offer benefits over those in the lower tiers, but you may need to give them more power to keep up with performance. These CPUs are mostly used in servers since they cannot provide optimum performance in games; keep this in mind when purchasing.

The AMD Threaripper CPUs have been well evaluated, and you should be aware that they may easily outperform the Intel i9 9900k in multi-threading performance. These gaming monsters are capable of rendering 3D models and video editing, but consider investing in something more traditional. Some of the models on this list have more than twenty cores, which we all know isn’t necessary for gaming computers. These CPUs are suitable for customers that require excellent performance for tasks other than gaming.

Some high-end versions of the Intel Core i9 series, as well as high-end CPUs, are included in this Intel CPU tier list. I considered adding the i9 9900k in this list as well, but I decided against it since these CPUs are more powerful than the eight cores and sixteen threads processor. The least and most cores and threads in this tier are eight and twelve, respectively, while the most and least are thirty-two and sixty-four, respectively, so we can picture the performance of these monsters. It’s important to remember that these CPUs only operate in workstation sockets, not regular ones (1151 LGA).

Company CPU Model Number of Physical & Logical Cores Speed of the Base Clock Increase the speed of your clock TDP Socket for the CPU
Intel Intel Xeon W 3175X processor 26 – 56 3.1 GHz frequency          GHz = 4.30   255 W LGA 3647
Intel Intel Core i9 7980XE processor ten to twenty          3.30 gigahertz   GHz = 4.30   165 W LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i9 7960X processor 12–24 hours          2.90 gigahertz   GHz = 4.30   165 W LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i9 7940X processor 14–28 years old          3.10 GHz frequency frequency frequency frequency   GHz = 4.20   165 W LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i9 7920X processor 16–32 years old          2.80 GHz frequency frequency   GHz = 4.20   140 W LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i9 7900X processor 18 – 36 2.60 GHz frequency   GHz = 4.20   140 W LGA 2066
Intel 9980XE Intel Core i9 18 – 36 3.0 GHz processor processor processor          4.4 GHz frequency frequency          165 W   LGA 2066
AMD Threadripper 1900X Ryzen Threadripper 1900X Ryzen Threadripper 1900X Ryzen 8 – 16 3800 MHz          GHz = 4.00   180 W TR4
AMD Threadripper 1920X Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Ryzen 12–24 hours 3.5 GHz frequency frequency frequency          GHz = 4.00   180 W   TR4  
AMD Threadripper 1950X Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Ryzen 16–32 years old 3.4 GHz frequency          GHz = 4.00   180 W TR4
AMD Threadripper 2920 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2920 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2920 WX     12 – 24 3.5 GHz          4.3 GHz frequency          180 W TR4
AMD Threadripper 2950 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2950 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2950 WX     16 – 32 3.5 GHz          4.4 GHz          180 W TR4
AMD Threadripper 2970 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2970 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2970 WX     24 – 48 3.0 GHz          GHz = 4.2          250 W TR4
AMD Threadripper 2990 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2990 WX Ryzen Threadripper 2990 WX     32 – 64 3.0 GHz          GHz = 4.2          250 W TR4

Tier 2: Expensive Gaming

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The high-end gaming CPUs are the next processors on our list, which enthusiasts consider for their projects. This list contains both mainstream and flagship CPUs, and we’ve grouped them all together. If you’re searching for gaming performance, any CPU on this list will suffice, depending on your budget and gaming requirements. You may utilize these CPUs for other things than gaming, such as streaming and 3D rendering. These CPUs utilize the most popular sockets on the market, including the LGA 1151 and AM4.

All of these CPUs have great performance, and when combined with a decent graphics card, you can achieve fantastic frame rates. The number of cores and threads in these CPUs ranges from four to eight, with sixteen and thirty-two cores and threads, respectively. If you’re looking for a CPU for gaming and streaming, AMD is the greatest option since they excel at multi-threading, while Intel is the best option for pure gaming. Although Ryzen and Intel i7 CPUs in this tier have the same cores and clock rates, their performance may vary.

As we all know, Intel disabled Hyperthreading on several of their standard processors, including the i9 9900k and a few more. Simultaneous Multi-Threading, which is the same as Intel Hyper-Threading technology, is available on AMD CPUs from the AMD CPU tier list. We don’t have to be concerned about the Hyperthreading cutoff since Intel has raised the number of physical cores to ensure that the programs run smoothly. These CPUs have a respectable clock speed, and with an aftermarket cooler, you may easily get a 5 GHz number.

Company CPU Model Number of Physical & Logical Cores Speed of the Base Clock Increase the speed of your clock TDP Socket for the CPU
Intel Intel Core i7 6700 processorT processor          4 – 8   2.80 GHz          3.60 gigahertz          35 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 6700  4 – 8   3.40 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          65 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 6700K processor          4 – 8   4.00GHz          GHz = 4.20          91 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 6800K processor          6 – 12 3.40 gigahertz          3.60 gigahertz          140 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel Intel Core i7 6850K processor          6 – 12 3.60 gigahertz          3.80 gigahertz          140 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel Intel Core i7 6900K processor          8 – 16 3.20 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          140 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel Intel Core i7 7700 processorT processor          4 – 8   2.90 gigahertz          3.80 gigahertz          35 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 7700  4 – 8   3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.20          65 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 7700K processor          4 – 8   GHz = 4.20          4.5 GHz frequency frequency          91 W   LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 7740X processor          4 – 8   GHz = 4.30          4.5 GHz          112 W   LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i7 6950X processor          ten to twenty          GHz = 3.00          3.50 gigahertz          140 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel Intel Core i7 7800X processor          6 – 12 3.50GHz          GHz = 4.00          140 W     LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i7 7820X processor          8 – 16 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.30          140 W     LGA 2066
Intel Intel Core i7 8700 processor  6 – 12 3.20 gigahertz          GHz = 4.60          65 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 8700K processor          6 – 12 3.70 gigahertz          4.70 gigahertz          95 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i7 9700K processor          8 – 8   3.60 gigahertz          4.90 gigahertz          95 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Core i9 9900K processor          8 – 16   3.60 gigahertz          5.25 GHz          95 W     LGA 1151
AMD 7 1700 Ryzen  8 – 16 GHz = 3.00          3.70 gigahertz          65 W     AM4
AMD The Ryzen 7 Pro 1700 is a high-end processor.          8 – 16 GHz = 3.00          3.70 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X is a Ryzen 7 processor with a clock speed of          8 – 16 3.40 gigahertz          3.80 gigahertz          95 W AM4
AMD The Ryzen 7 Pro 1700X is a high-end processor.          8 – 16 3.40 gigahertz          3.80 gigahertz          95 W AM4
AMD 1800X Ryzen 7          8 – 16 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          95 W   AM4
AMD 2700 Ryzen 7  8 – 16 3.20 gigahertz          GHz = 4.30          65 W AM4
AMD 2700X Ryzen 7          8 – 16 3.70 gigahertz          GHz = 4.30          105 W AM4
AMD 3700X Ryzen 7          8 – 16 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.40          65 W AM4
AMD 3800X Ryzen 7          8 – 16 3.90 gigahertz          4.50 gigahertz          105 W AM4
AMD 3900X Ryzen 9          12 – 24          3.80 gigahertz          GHz = 4.60          105 W AM4
AMD 3950X Ryzen 9          16 – 32          3.50 gigahertz          4.70 gigahertz          105 W AM4

Tier 3: Gaming for the Mid-Range

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We don’t need much power for mid-range gaming, so we went with some of the previous generation’s flagship models and some mainstream CPUs from the current generation. These processors don’t have a lot of cores or threads, but they nevertheless provide the greatest value for money for mid-range gaming. As we all know, older Intel i7 series CPUs are quite inexpensive these days, making them a viable option for mid-range gaming. We can obtain excellent performance from these CPUs for a very low price by overclocking them a bit.

The processors with the fewest cores and threads are four and eight, whereas the processors with the most cores and threads are six and twelve. We don’t include i5 9400f or Ryzen 2600-like CPUs in this category since they aren’t as powerful as the Ryzen 7 processors from the first generation. In certain respects, Intel Core i7 4th generation CPUs and AMD Ryzen 7 first generation processors are similar in terms of performance. The fourth generation, on the other hand, is a little older these days, which distinguishes them from the others.

We also need to know that Ryzen utilizes DDR4 memory, while Intel’s 4th generation uses DDR3 memory. In these CPUs, this makes a huge difference, and it may restrict your future upgrade choices. So, before you go out and purchase a CPU for your next mid-range build, keep these few points in mind. The TDP of these CPUs isn’t very high, and you’ll receive an included CPU cooler with the Ryzen processors, which is beneficial as long as you don’t overclock them.

Company CPU Model Number of Physical & Logical Cores Speed of the Base Clock Increase the speed of your clock TDP Socket for the CPU
Intel Intel Core i7 4770 processor  4 – 8   3.40 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          84 W 1150 LGA
Intel Intel Core i7 4770K processor          4 – 8   3.50 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          84 W     1150 LGA
Intel Intel Core i7 4770S processor          4 – 8   3.10 GHz          3.90 gigahertz          65 W     1150 LGA
Intel Intel Core i7 4770T processor 4 – 8   2.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          45 W     1150 LGA
Intel Intel Core i7 4770R processor          4 – 8   3.20 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          65 W     1364 BGA  
Intel Intel Core i7 4771 processor  4 – 8   3.50 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          84 W     LGA 1150
Intel Intel Core i7 4785T processor          4 – 8   GHz 2.20          3.2 GHz frequency          35 W       LGA 1150    
Intel Intel Core i7 4790 processor  4 – 8   3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          84 W       LGA 1150    
Intel Intel Core i7 4790T processor          4 – 8   GHz 2.70          3.90 gigahertz          45 W       LGA 1150    
Intel Intel Core i7 4790K processor          4 – 8   GHz = 4.00          GHz = 4.40          88 W   LGA 1150    
Intel Intel Core i7 4820K processor          4 – 8   3.70 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          130 W     LGA 2011
Intel Intel Core i7 4930K processor          6 – 12 3.40 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          130 W   LGA 2011
Intel Intel Core i7 4960X processor          6 – 12 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          130 W     LGA 2011
AMD  1400 MHz Ryzen 5  4 – 8   3.20 gigahertz          3.40 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  1500 MHz Ryzen 5 Pro          4 – 8   3.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          65 W     AM4
AMD  1500X Ryzen 5          4 – 8   3.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  1600 MHz Ryzen 5 Pro          6 – 12 3.20 gigahertz          3.60 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  1600 MHz Ryzen 5  6 – 12 3.20 gigahertz          3.60 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  1600X Ryzen 5          6 – 12 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          95 W AM4
AMD  2400G Ryzen 5          4 – 8   3.60 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  3400G Ryzen 5          4 – 8   GHz = 4.20          3.70 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  2600 Ryzen 5  6 – 12 3.40 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          65 W AM4
AMD  2600X Ryzen 5          6 – 12 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.20          95 W AM4
AMD  3600 Ryzen 5  6 – 12 3.60 gigahertz          GHz = 4.20          65 W AM4
AMD  3600X Ryzen 5          6 – 12 3.80 gigahertz          GHz = 4.40          95W AM4

Tier 4: Gaming CPUs on a Budget

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Some Intel Core i3, i5, and AMD Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPUs are included in the budget range of processors. These processes are OK as long as you don’t mind low resolutions and in-game settings, but make sure you’re using a graphics card that matches and doesn’t limit these processors. These processors typically have two cores and two threads, with the highest number of cores in this category being six, which is plenty for any cheap gaming CPU. These CPUs have a low TDP and can be readily handled with the Intel standard cooling.

These CPUs’ clock speeds aren’t very high, but some overclocking support is available, and you can get respectable clock rates with them. Because cheap gaming CPUs can barely run games these days, they don’t support side apps like streaming and gaming. In recent titles, you’ll have to sacrifice on a few things like resolutions and settings, but if you want to play Esport games, only these CPUs will suffice. These CPUs need sockets that are extremely common, and they can be operated effectively on the LGA 1151 socket.

I’d like to point you that with these CPUs, you shouldn’t anticipate much more than ordinary performance. The high-end devices in this tier list are more than enough for current games and apps. Boost clocks are also not supported by several of the CPUs on this list.

Company CPU Model Number of Physical & Logical Cores Speed of the Base Clock Increase the speed of your clock TDP Socket for the CPU
Intel Intel Core i3 7100 processor          2 – 4   3.90 gigahertz          NA 51 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel Intel Core i3 7100T processor          2 – 4   3.40 gigahertz          NA 35 W     2011-3 LGA    
Intel 7101TE Intel Core i3          2-  4   3.40 gigahertz          NA 35 W   LGA1151    
Intel 7101E Intel Core i3          2 – 4   3.90 gigahertz          NA 54 W     LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 7300 processorT processor          2 – 4   3.50 gigahertz          NA 35 W     LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 7300          2 – 4   GHz = 4.00          NA 51 W     LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 7320 processor          2 – 4   GHz = 4.10          NA 51 W   LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 7350K processor          4 – 4   GHz = 4.20          NA 60 W   LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 8100 processor          4 – 4   3.60 gigahertz          NA 65 W     LGA1151    
Intel Intel Core i3 8350K processor          4 – 4   GHz = 4.00          4.50 gigahertz          91 W     LGA1151    
AMD 1200 MHz Ryzen 3  4 – 4   3.10 GHz          3.40 gigahertz          65 W AM4    
AMD 1200 MHz Ryzen 3 Pro          4 – 4   3.10 GHz          3.40 gigahertz          65 W     AM4    
AMD 1300 MHz Ryzen 3 Pro          4 – 4   3.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          65 W AM4    
AMD 1300X Ryzen 3          4 – 4   3.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          65 W AM4    
AMD 2200G Ryzen 3          4 – 4   3.50 gigahertz          3.70 gigahertz          65 W   AM4  
AMD 3200G Ryzen 3          4 – 4   GHz = 4.00          3.60 gigahertz          65W AM4    

Tier 5: Processors at the entry level

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Finally, we obtained entry-level CPUs, which are suitable for basic tasks but are not suggested for AAA gaming. These CPUs are mostly used for basic functions and do not provide above-average performance. The number of cores and threads, on the other hand, is more than in Mid-range CPUs. The LGA 1151 socket is utilized for these CPUs, which is the most frequently used one. Entry-level CPUs aren’t designed for gaming; rather, they’re designed for usage in offices and other professional settings. So hold your horses and let’s see what these processors have in store for us.

The number of cores in these processors ranges from two to six, which is helpful if you want to play games on a regular basis. Overclocking is not feasible with these CPUs, as it is in Intel; only unlocked processors may be overclocked, and k series processors come with unlocked multipliers out of the box. Internal graphics cards are available in some of the CPUs in this series, which is a benefit for people who don’t want to purchase an external graphics card. This category includes several AMD FX processors, which are known to be among the finest CPUs of their period.

Company CPU Model Number of Physical & Logical Cores Speed of the Base Clock Increase the speed of your clock TDP Socket for the CPU
Intel Intel Pentium G G4400 processor          4 – 8   3.30 gigahertz          NA 54 W     LGA 1151    
Intel G4400T Intel Pentium G 4 – 8   2.90 gigahertz          NA 35 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Pentium G G4500 processor          6 – 12 3.50 gigahertz          NA 51 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4500T Intel Pentium G 6 – 12 GHz = 3.00          NA 35 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4520 Intel Pentium G          8 – 16 3.60 gigahertz          NA 51 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4560 Intel Pentium G          2 – 4   3.50 gigahertz          NA 54 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4560T Intel Pentium G 2 – 4   2.90 gigahertz          NA 35 W     LGA 1151
Intel Intel Pentium G G4600 processor          2 – 4   3.60 gigahertz          NA 51 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4600T Intel Pentium G 2 – 4 GHz = 3.00          NA 35 W     LGA 1151
Intel G4620 Intel Pentium G          2 – 4   3.70 gigahertz          NA 51 W     LGA 1151
AMD FX-4100 (AMD) 4 – 4   3.60GHz          3.80 gigahertz          95W     AM3 +    
AMD FX-4130 (AMD) 4 – 4   3.80 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          125W AM3 +  
AMD FX-4300 (AMD) 4 – 4   3.80 gigahertz          GHz = 4.00          95W AM3 +  
AMD FX-4320 (AMD) 4 – 4   GHz = 4.00          GHz = 4.10          95W AM3 +  
AMD FX-4350 (AMD) 4 – 4   GHz = 4.20          GHz = 4.30          125W AM3 +  
AMD AMD FX 6100 graphics card  6 – 6   3.30 gigahertz          3.90 gigahertz          95W AM3 +  
AMD FX-6200 AMD 6 – 6   3.80 gigahertz          GHz = 4.10          125W AM3 +  
AMD FX-6300 (AMD) 6 – 6   3.50 gigahertz          3.80 gigahertz          95W   AM3 +  
AMD FX-6350 (AMD) 6 – 6   3.90 gigahertz          GHz = 4.20          125W AM3 +

Conclusion

Every processor on the market has a particular use, and we can’t utilize a gaming processor for server-related tasks and a server processor for gaming. We’ve created a CPU hierarchy that categorizes all processors so that customers may quickly find the best choice for them if they know what they need. These rankings contain the best-value flagship and mainstream CPUs, such as the AMD Ryzen 7 2700x and Intel Core i9 9900k, which have the greatest overclocking potential and gaming capability. Examine the CPUs on this list, choose the best one for your budget, then purchase it for your future project.

Q/A

In 2021, what are the greatest gaming processors?

Computer processors are becoming more powerful over time, with the number of cores and threads rising with each new model. In 2021, the best flagship processors for gaming are the i9 10900k and i9 9900k from Intel, and the Ryzen 7 3700x and Ryzen 7 3800x from AMD, both of which provide the greatest performance for their price.

How can you find the most cost-effective processor?

The best value processor is one that provides the performance we need at a reasonable price. We can’t use gaming CPUs for professional work and vice versa, therefore we need to consider a few factors, such as the number of cores and threads, among others. Always examine the processor’s precise specs before purchasing it for your gaming setup.

Updated August 21, 2021 This tier list is a tier list that is updated every month. This list is made up of all the CPUs that are being sold at the time of the update, which are taken from the websites that are offering the CPUs. This list is based on the performance of the CPU at the time of the update. The performance is taken from the benchmarks provided by the website. Information on the websites are the website name, the website address, the website description, the website URL, the website rank, the popularity of the website, the website user rating, the website ranking, the website review rating of the website, the website review description of the website, the website review author of the website, the website review date of the website. Read more about cpu tier list reddit and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most powerful CPU 2021?

The most powerful CPU 2021 is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X.

What is the best Ryzen CPU 2021?

The best Ryzen CPU 2021 is the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X.

What is the best CPU right now?

The best CPU right now is the Intel Core i7-8700K.