Arguably the most important component in any computer (along with the graphics card if you’re a gamer), your CPU has the most impact on performance. If you’re planning a new PC Build, perhaps one of the best PC builds, anytime soon, this year should yield some good processor discounts, all of which we will be tracking below.
So far, we’ve seen some big savings on 10th Gen Intel chips, as they capitalise on AMD Ryzen shortages and clear out their inventory for the incoming Rocket Lake CPUs (you can pre-order 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs right now, by the way).
Ryzen stock has returned here and there, usually at MSRP, but the more eagle-eyed shoppers out there have found some good discounts, which vanish in seconds. However, the situation remains very much the same as we predicted at the end of 2020, PC builders have the choice of effectively going with Intel or waiting.
Below, we’re rounding up the best CPU deals, from sales on low-end chips to high-end, multi-core productivity beasts like those you’ll find on our best CPUs page or high atop or CPU benchmarks hierarchy .
For savings on other PC-related components and gear, check out our lists of best tech deals overall , best SSD deals , best monitor deals , best laptop deals and best gaming PC deals .
Best Overall CPU Deals
Intel Core i5-10400: was $164, now $144 at Best Buy
Want the capability of Intel’s 10th Gen i5, but don’t need to pay the premium for something unlocked? This 6 core/12 thread CPU will satisfy that audience handily with a 2.9GHz speed and a boost clock of 4.3GHz.View Deal
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: was $429.99, now $349.99 at Newegg
This processor packs a beefy 6 cores and 12 threads, running at a base clock of 3.7GHz (capable of running up to 4.6 max boost). Plus, for real convenience, AMD include a Wraith Stealth Cooler.View Deal
Intel Core i9-10900F CPU: was $423, now $358.99 at Amazon
10 cores, 20 threads and an energy efficient 65W TDP. This LGA 1200 CPU has a maximum clock speed of 5.2GHz, 10 cores and 20 threads and offers all the features you know and love from an Intel CPU like Optane Memory support.View Deal
Intel Core i9-10900K CPU: was $519, now $469.99 at Newegg
This processor has a base speed of 3.7GHz and can reach 5.3GHz when boosted. It has 10 cores and 20 threads. At this new lower price, this CPU is a steal.View Deal
Intel Core i7-10700KF: was $361, now $298 at Amazon
This Intel 400 series chipset has an unlocked 8 core/16 thread setup, with a base clock speed of 3.8GHz and support for Intel’s turbo boost max technology. View Deal
Intel Core i7-10700F: was $310, now $268 at Amazon
This 8-core processor uses 16 threads and has a base operating speed of 2.9GHz. it can reach 4.8GHz when boosted.View Deal
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X: was $928, now $679 at B&H
This CPU is beefy with 16 cores and a total of 32 threads. It has a base operating speed of 3.5 GHz and can reach 4.4 GHz when boosted.View Deal
Intel Core i7-10700F: was $279, now $268 at Newegg
This Comet Lake processor is available for $254 through Newegg, users also get an Intel software bundle valued at $150. This processor has 8 cores and 16 threads. Its base operating speed is 2.9GHz but it can reach up to 4.8 GHz when boosted.View Deal
Intel Core i5-9600KF: was $279, now $194 at Amazon
This processor has 6 cores and a total of 6 threads. It has a base operating speed of 3.7 GHz and can reach 4.6GHz when boosted. The i5-9600KF is ideal for mid-grade processing needs.View Deal
Intel Core i7-9700K: was $409, now $299 at Amazon
The Intel Core i7-9700K has 8 cores and 8 threads. Its base operating speed is 3.6GHz but it can get up to 4.9GHz.View Deal
Intel Core i7-9700: was $391, now $269 at Amazon
The Intel Core i7-9700 has 8 cores and a total of 8 threads. Its base operating speed is 3GHz but it can reach 4.7GHz when boosted.View Deal
AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs
AMD’s brand new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, which range from the Ryzen 5 5600X on the low end to the Ryzen 9 5950X on the high end are slowly rolling out to stores. As we write this, most if not all are out of stock, but check the dynamic widgets below for up-to-date information on each.