The best-value desktop CPUs you can buy right now

AMD and Intel’s latest processors offer increased performance at attractive prices.

The chips are now available in South Africa and offer great upgrade options for gamers or professional desktop users.

To see how much value the CPUs offer for their price, we took data from PassMark’s benchmark database and compared their “value scores”.

Value score for this comparison was calculated using the chip’s PassMark benchmark score and the price of the product in South Africa.

Each CPU benchmark score was divided by its rand price, with a high value score denoting a better benchmark score and a lower price.

Pricing from online retailers such as Wootware, Evetech, Rebel Tech, and Raru was used for the processors.

Older-generation processors were excluded from the comparison as these are not readily available in South Africa and offer worse value.

Value comparison

The top 10 budget processors available in South Africa, offering the best performance for your rand, are listed below.

CPU Benchmark Price Value Score
Intel Pentium G4560 4,914 R899 5.47
AMD A8-9600 4,966 R1,055 4.71
Intel Core i3-8100 8,147 R1,999 4.08
AMD A10-9700 5,484 R1,360 4.03
Intel Core i5-8400 11,739 R3,049 3.85
AMD Ryzen 3 1200 6,810 R1,879 3.62
Intel Pentium G4600 5,143 R1,428 3.60
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 12,323 R3,499 3.52
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 13,310 R3,999 3.33
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 7,483 R2,297 3.26

Intel’s lower-end chips feature prominently in the comparison, due to their impressive performance and clock speeds.

AMD’s Ryzen CPUs also make an appearance, but are outpaced by its latest generation of APUs in terms of value.

The AMD A-Series chips offer integrated graphics in addition to powerful CPUs, competing against Intel’s integrated graphics solutions.

The Intel Pentium G4560 reigns supreme in terms of value, offering impressive performance in a compact and affordable package.

Integrated graphics

It must be noted that the benchmarks above refer only to CPU processing power and do not reflect the GPU performance of the chips.

Intel and AMD A-Series chips featured above are technically APUs, and include a number of GPU cores on their die in addition to CPU cores.

This means these processors can use integrated graphics to drive displays and do not have to rely on discrete graphics cards.

While most gaming systems will feature discrete graphics cards, APUs can be useful in small systems such as professional desktops, media players, and servers.

AMD’s Ryzen chips do not have onboard graphics, opting to use the extra space on their die to cram in more CPU cores.

The AMD A-Series chips include a number of Radeon R7 GPU cores, which can be used to drive basic display tasks and certain games, depending on the power of the underlying processor.

When purchasing a processor, it is important to know whether you will require integrated graphics.

Now read: AMD’s new Ryzen 2000 CPUs – All the details

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