The 10 most powerful CPUs you can buy in South Africa

Whether you are building a gaming and streaming PC or a professional workstation, Intel and AMD’s top-of-the-range processors will meet all the tasks thrown at them.

Unlike standard processors, Intel and AMD’s Core X and Ryzen lineups offer a much higher number of CPU cores in addition to impressive clock speeds with overclocking support.

These chips are reserved for the most powerful desktop PCs, and considerably more expensive than standard consumer processors.

To see what the best-of-the-best costs, we compared the performance and South African pricing of the most powerful desktop chips on the market.


Benchmarks for this comparison were taken from AnandTech’s benchmark database, which uses data extracted from real-world tests.

We compared the CineBench Multi-Threaded, CineBench Single-Threaded, and 7-Zip encoding scores of the top-performing processors – ranking them according to their multi-threaded performance.

These high-end desktop processors are aimed at consumers who require exceptional multi-threaded performance. High single-threaded performance is better delivered by cheaper mainstream processors.

The benchmark data for the 10 most powerful desktop processors available in South Africa is below.

Processor CineBench 15 MT CineBench 15 ST 7-Zip Encoding
Intel Core i9-7980XE 3,281 189 77,128
Intel Core i9-7960X 3,083 189 74,231
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 3,004 167 67,361
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 2,423 167 55,428
Intel Core i9-7900X 2,169 191 52,584
Intel Core i7-6950X 1,778 164 47,981
Intel Core i7-7820X 1,734 193 45,753
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 1,626 162 41,553
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 1,542 156 39,397
Intel Core i7-6900K 1,437 162 39,898

AMD Ryzen Threadripper


While the chips deliver impressive performance, they come with big price tags.

The exception to this rule are AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X and 1700X processors, however, which offer great multi-threaded performance at a relatively-accessible price point.

It should be noted that older high-end processors tend to retain their high prices despite being outperformed by newer, cheaper counterparts.

For this reason, it is usually best to purchase a processor from the latest generation available.

The pricing for each of the top 10 processors listed in the benchmark table is detailed below.

Pricing was sourced from Rebel Tech to avoid price differences between retailers.

Processor Price
Intel Core i9-7980XE R30,373
Intel Core i9-7960X R25,719
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X R16,176
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X R13,589
Intel Core i9-7900X R15,153
Intel Core i7-6950X R27,188
Intel Core i7-7820X R9,225
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X R4,799
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X R4,499
Intel Core i7-6900K R16,467

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