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We put all CPUs via a complete set of real-world and artificial checks, so we will instantly examine and fee every one precisely and in opposition to direct competitors. Standardized and repeatable testing is crucial to get correct, comparative outcomes and that’s what we do within the WePC labs.

Every CPU we overview will get put via the next checks and we examine the info in opposition to different CPUs in its class. As soon as we now have accomplished all our checks we rating the CPU. This hands-on overview is then printed and is eligible to be thought of in our greatest of purchaser’s guides. We handpick the perfect CPU primarily based on our testing and expertise so that you don’t have waste time researching your self.

Actual-world checks

Examine & info

What’s the socket sort? The thickness of the IHS? Form? Pin structure? We take a basic take a look at the CPU and make a direct comparability between others in the identical era or older generations.

Sport benchmarking

We take a look at the FPS impression on common the CPU has on any given sport with precisely the identical settings/state of affairs as our different in-house checks, making a notice of any potential bottlenecks.

Overclocking capabilities

How we test CPU 08

We take a look at how far you’ll be able to safely push the CPU, utilizing the guide OC tuner contained in the BIOS because it’s the most secure and simplest. We use the identical cooler for all CPUs for a good take a look at.

Are inbuilt turbo options higher than overclocking?

We take a look at whether or not the auto-turbo options ship higher efficiency or higher effectivity than guide overclocks do.

Take a look at on the base clock velocity

We take a look at the CPU with no overclock set (auto or guide) to check efficiency at base working speeds.

Cache velocity

We measure the cache communication velocity on all three ranges between core and cache. Cache entry velocity is never a bottleneck however is beneficial info to have when speaking about effectivity and latency.

Core know-how

We conduct any related checks surrounding core know-how, reminiscent of little core vs huge core on twelfth gen Intel CPUs.

Artificial checks

An artificial take a look at is a program or software making a ‘faux’ strenuous load to placed on a CPU or GPU to measure how the part handles the load. The higher the part offers with the load, the higher it scores. After we use the phrase ‘faux’, this isn’t strictly true, it simply means it’s not a real-world state of affairs. Artificial checks are vital as a result of they are often closely managed and don’t range a lot if in any respect from run to run. This permits us to acquire correct outcomes primarily based purely on the part we’re testing, unchanged by environmental variables.

Synthetic benchmarks

Artificial benchmarks

We run all CPUs via 3DMark, Heaven Benchmark and Time Spy. We take a look at the CPU beneath artificial hundreds as these are fixed and managed and can assist set up baseline numbers.

Cinebench Benchmark


Cinebench checks a PC’s {hardware} capabilities. It’s used as a take a look at for Cinema 4D’s 3D modeling, animation, movement graphic and rendering efficiency on a number of CPU cores.

Why use Cinebench?

Cinebench is a crucial take a look at used to find out CPU efficiency on a heavy render. It additionally allows us to find out efficiency in relation to different CPUs.

Blender Benchmark


We take a look at how lengthy it takes Blender to render the BMW 3D scene utilizing CPU solely.

Why use Blender?

Blender allows us to find out how a part performs when rendering graphical hundreds. 3D rendering hundreds are among the many most strenuous your CPU will deal with.

How we rating

We rating CPUs out of 5 stars, with 5 completely different weighting classes. As some classes are extra vital than others we assign completely different weightings to make sure that the general rating has the best stage of accuracy.

Actual-world multi-core efficiency (22%)

Actual-world multi-core efficiency is how the CPU performs when working functions that use a couple of core. This take a look at is vital to find out how nicely the CPU performs when having to make use of a number of cores to course of sure hundreds, and whether or not that crucial core communication is hindering the efficiency in any means in comparison with different CPUs.

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Actual-world single-core efficiency (22%)

Actual-word single-core efficiency is the ‘reverse’ to the multi-core take a look at. It is a take a look at to see how the CPU performs when restricted to solely utilizing one core to course of directions. That is vital for figuring out how nicely the bottom CPU cores carry out singularly in comparison with different CPUs.

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Artificial multi-core efficiency (22%)

Artificial multi-core efficiency is vital for figuring out how nicely a CPU performs utilizing all cores synthetically. Artificial hundreds are extra controllable and in a position to cut up hundreds evenly throughout all CPU cores, one thing that very not often occurs in real-world eventualities.

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Artificial single-core efficiency (22%)

Artificial single-core efficiency is vital for figuring out how nicely a single CPU core performs beneath closely managed CPU hundreds, unburdened by anomalies that seem continuously in real-world checks.

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Worth for cash (12%)

You may want the perfect of the perfect no matter cash, however for lots of people value-for-money is a crucial benchmark. We take value into consideration in our rating utilizing the producer’s urged retail worth (MSRP).

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Jack Benchmark

The WePC CPU specialist is Jack Howarth, who can be a whiz with motherboards. Jack has been benchmarking PC parts since 2020 and earlier than that he labored as a PC builder. His present job meets the fervour that he has had for computing since he was 10 years outdated. Jack boasts 13 years of expertise between between occupation and keenness, and makes use of each drop of that data on his CPU and motherboard testing methodology.

How a CPU can function in our greatest of guides

Solely the perfect CPUs seem in our best-of guides. If a CPU is featured in our greatest of pages, then you’ll be able to safely purchase it understanding it’s been via rigorous testing. We’ll solely advocate the package that delivers when it comes to efficiency and worth. We’ll additionally consider parts when it comes to makes use of case, so you’ll be able to simply purchase the product that matches your individual particular person wants.

Latest CPU evaluations

Check out our most up-to-date hands-on CPU product evaluations.

Finest CPU purchaser’s guides

That can assist you select from the overwhelming vary of CPUs available on the market, we now have created useful better of purchaser’s guides. Take a look at our hottest CPU purchaser’s guides right here.

📌 Study extra

If you wish to purchase the perfect CPU on your wants you must arm your self with as a lot info as potential. WePC has acquired all the things it is advisable to learn about AMD and Intel CPUs, together with the upcoming AMD Zen 4 CPUs. We are able to additionally let you know all the things it is advisable to learn about AMD’s Simultaneous Multithreading know-how. We’ve additionally acquired numerous CPU guides, that may reply any questions you’ve acquired, together with tips on how to verify the temperature of your CPU.

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