Who leads the battle of the CPUs in 2023?

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For many, many years, in the world of hardware we have always seen the rivalry between Intel and AMD in the processor market, each one (almost) always surpassing its rival every time a new generation comes out but, what is the most powerful processor in the world at this moment? Will this honor go to Intel or AMD? In this article we are going to talk about it.

It should be noted that, as we have said, every time Intel or AMD launch a new generation of processors they tend to surpass the rival in terms of performance, so the “crown” usually rotates between the two. This means that the data that we are going to provide you today (January 2023) can vary significantly within a few months or even weeks, so keep that in mind.

No consumer processor is in the top

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Info: cpubenchmark.net

It was to be expected, and that is that both Intel and AMD have processors designed for servers or professionals that deliver much more raw performance than the best processor designed for consumers. For example, AMD has its EPYC processors for servers, or Threadripper (and variants) for professionals (although to be fair, consumers do have access to these, although in a limited way), while Intel has its Xeon families for this purpose.

What is certain is that from the list of the most powerful processors in the world today, there is no consumer processor among the top 20, although even more curious is that there is not even a single Intel processor in this ranking. As you can see in the above image, currently the most powerful processor in the world is the AMD EPYC 9654, a “beast” for servers that incorporates 96 cores and 192 processing threads at 3.7 GHz with a TDP of nothing less than 360 watts. Of course, its price makes it unattainable for most mortals.

And that’s true, not even the few Threadripper processors that appear on this list are, we could say, suitable for a normal desktop PC, since we are talking about prices that exceed $2,000 USDs and not many people would be willing to invest such an amount of money, right?

Ryzen 9 7950X, the most powerful (consumer) processor

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Info: cpubenchmark.net

If we go down the list, the first consumer processor that appears is in position 23, and it is the new generation AMD Ryzen 7950X. It is also a “good thing”, with 16 cores and 32 processing threads that reach 5.7 GHz with a TDP of 170 watts, but it is certainly something more normal and above all more affordable for a conventional desktop PC (what we know as the consumer market). Its retail price is around $812.80.

After the Ryzen 9 7950X, we come across the first Intel processor on the list, the Core i9-13900KS, which is also a beast and is not too far behind its AMD competitor, but is significantly more expensive. Two positions lower, the first member of the Intel Xeon family appears, and then many EPYC and Threadripper models reappear.

One data point that we also find interesting is that the Ryzen 9 7950X is the only one that appears on this list, at least in the top positions (then we would have the Ryzen 9 7900X in position 42, much further down), yet we do find several Intel models such as the Core i9-13900K and its variants.

In any case, as you can see, these are the most powerful processors in the world in January 2023, and it will be interesting to see how this list evolves as Intel and AMD release new generations of processors on the market.

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