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It’s that time again to look at the best-selling CPUs of 2017 for business customers at Newegg. This year’s sales activity is indicative of the desktop processor market at large. It’s great to watch AMD and Intel charging ahead with renewed energy after relative stagnation. The only two names in x86 computing are duking it out once again, which is great news for consumers of all stripes: gamers, enthusiasts, and technicians alike are building with better choices now than in years past.

New flagship CPUs duke it out

In the business sector, builds gravitate towards high-end workstations. Usually these are computers designed for video editing, engineering and design applications, and database work for scientific modeling. Near the top of the list are this year’s new line heavy duty multi-threaded CPUs with 12 or more processor cores. Sales performance favors AMD Ryzen Threadripper; but note that in the back half of 2017 we’re watching interest in Intel Skylake X CPUs pick up.

Who makes a better workstation CPU? Intel or AMD?

Consensus holds that, for parallel processing, the seventh generation Intel Core i7 line smokes its predecessors. Word from the bench maintains that it is unclear whether or not the newest Intel has an edge on the new AMD Ryzen CPUs of equal cores or threads. What is clear is that AMD slides in with a lot of value on a per-core, per-thread basis—as well as massive amounts of memory bandwidth and raw compute. No surprise, then, that AMD Ryzen TR 1950X and 1920X appear in the top ten.

Classics die hard

It bears mentioning that “classics”—proven processors on the market for three or more years—are well represented on the top CPU list. The AMD FX-8350 ranks #2 in sales overall to business customers, and a pair of Haswell-era Intel processors remain in the top ten in units sold.

Building value PCs for work

The 2017 chart toppers aren’t all big-time CPUs. Value processors are well-represented, suggesting that standard quad-core and lightweight dual-core builds remain fit for the workplace. As far as conventional office productivity goes, there’s really not much the latest Intel Celeron and Intel Pentium CPUs can’t do. Dual core capacity with a clock speed around 3.0 GHz for under $60? You can’t go wrong.

Below you’ll find the best CPUs of 2017 ranked #1 – #10 as dictated by customer purchasing for the year.


Intel Core i7 7700K

Cores: 4 Threads: 8
GHz: 4.20 Max OC: 4.50
Socket: LGA 1151
L3 Cache: 19.25 MB
List Price: $290 | Business Price



AMD FX-8350

Cores: 4 Threads: 8
GHz: 4.0 Max OC: 4.2
Socket: AM3+
L3 Cache: 8 MB
List Price: $120 | Business Price



AMD RYZEN 5 1600 6-Core 3.2 GHz



AMD RYZEN 5 1600

Cores: 6 Threads: 12
GHz: 3.2 Max OC: 3.6
Socket: AM4
L3 Cache: 16 MB
List Price: $220 | Business Price



AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X 16-Core / 32 Threads

AMD RYZEN Threadripper 1950X

Cores: 16 Threads: 32
GHz: 3.4 Max OC: 4.0
Socket: sTR4
L3 Cache: 32 MB
List Price: $900 | Business Price



AMD RYZEN 7 1700 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX

AMD RYZEN 7 1700

Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base GHz: 3.0
Max OC: 3.7
Socket: AM4
L3 Cache: 16 MB
List Price: $330 | Business Price



Intel Xeon E5-2620 V4 Broadwell-EP 2.1 GHz 8 x 256KB L2 Cache 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 85W BX80660E52620V4

Intel Xeon E5-2620

Cores: 8 Threads: 16
Base GHz: 2.1 Max OC: 3.0
Socket: LGA 2011-3
L3 Cache: 20 MB
List Price: $420 | Business Price



Intel Intel Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.7 GHz LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W BX80684I78700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 630

Intel Core i7 8700K

Cores: 6 Threads: 12
Base GHz: 3.70 Max OC: 4.70
Socket: LGA 1151
L3 Cache: 12 MB
List Price: $420 | Business Price



Intel Core i5-7500 Kaby Lake Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1151 65W BX80677I57500 Desktop Processor

Intel Core i5 7500

Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base GHz: 3.4
Max OC: 3.8
Socket: LGA 1151
L3 Cache: 6 MB
List Price: $205 | Business Price



Intel Celeron G3930 Kaby Lake Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1151 51W BX80677G3930 Desktop Processo

Intel Celeron G3930

Cores: 2
Threads: 2
GHz: 2.9
Socket: LGA 2066
L3 Cache: 2 MB
List Price: $50 | Business Price

Find the best selling CPUs for work builds on NeweggBusiness, along with dozens of other quality processors to consider.

Best Selling Desktop CPUs for Business PC Builds | 2017
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Best Selling Desktop CPUs for Business PC Builds | 2017
AMD and Intel are duking it out once again at every price point for the best selling CPUs, which makes for a more exciting product selection for consumers.
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