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Time to update our processor recommendations! In this article we will help you choose the best CPU to buy and upgrade your machine. Our main decision factors are prices, performance and technologies included in the products. It is always important to remember that prices in Brazil vary a lot. So check that the reality of CPU costs has not changed much in relation to what we are going to describe in this article, before making your choice.

Time to update our processor recommendations, using the price and performance of products available on the market today as a reference.

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We will include a comparative graph of processor prices so that people can see the progression of the costs of these cards, in addition to comparing the value of different products. Our cut will cover the costs throughout 2024, until 05/08. You can use this graphic below at will, and once again we would like to thank Edno Silva for his excellent work on PC Build Wizard (@pcbuildwizard), which tracks hardware prices and makes it possible for us to generate this content:

CPU performance reference

It is impossible to create a single chart to rank all products. Different games and applications will benefit more or less from different features, such as higher frequencies or higher core counts.

We usually see a more direct impact on the performance of professional applications linked to core count, just as frequencies tend to increase performance in games.

However, this relationship is not direct, and both factors and others – such as cache quantity – can influence performance.

Just as a reference, we will put together three tests with different characteristics to give an idea of ​​the positioning of these products in different work cycles and games. Ideally, you should see the full analysis of a product you are interested in, in our processor analysis section, to see more details and more tests with a specific CPU.

Benchmark CineBENCHR23


Benchmark do game Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Red Dead Redemption 2

Therefore, to facilitate the division of products, we place them according to price ranges. Here we are using the average price throughout April.

Processor prices by segment

Processors up to R$800


In this “fight with what we have” segment, the first models we recommend are the Intel Core i3-12100F and the AMD Ryzen 5 5500. Both begin to deliver performance for light games and some slightly heavier ones. When in doubt between the two brands, the 12100F delivers a little more FPS in some games, but the Ryzen 5 5500 is our preference for having more cores and threads, something relevant for stability in some games.

The Core i5-12400F also appears here and is a more solid recommendation if you can spend a little more. This model already handles any game relatively well, and will only have a competitor from AMD in the next segment, as this model managed to scrape under R$800, and its rival did not.

Processors from R$800 to R$1,200


Increasing the budget a little, around R$50 on average above the 12400F, we have its rival, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600, an excellent processor for those who want to build a gaming machine with a high cost-benefit ratio. This processor can already run any game at a good frame rate, and like the 12400F, it is a good reference for where to start when building your gaming PC.

For those who are avoiding buying a graphics card, the Ryzen 5 5600G is a strong competitor to run a few things on your Vega 6 graphics and, in the future, support a dedicated graphics card from the entry-level or mid-range segment.

Now if you want the greatest stability of octa-cores, the Ryzen 7 5700X is one of the cheapest models on the market, and delivers great gaming performance and is also starting to stand out in our professional application tests.

Processors from R$1,200 to R$1,600


Arriving at this price level we have some of our favorite recommendations. In the gaming field, the AMD Ryzen 5 7600 is an exceptional CPU, very close to the top of the chart in some games, even though it costs a fraction of what its competitors at the top cost.

The Core i5-12600K and 13400F perform well in games and have the advantage of Intel’s hybrid microarchitecture. The result is that its four extra cores give good scores in our tests for professional applications, which are those that use the most cores and threads efficiently.

Processors from R$1,600 to R$2,000


We have strong options in this segment, and for different reasons. Intel’s best gaming model is here, with the Core i5-13600KF performing practically the same as Intel’s most expensive models, but costing, consuming and heating up much less than its Core i7 and Core i9 counterparts. And as it has 8 efficient cores, it is a processor that flies in multithreaded applications, such as rendering and virtualization software.

But if your focus is really on this professional aspect, here is a very interesting model: the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X has good performance in games, but this is not its highlight as it is still on the Zen3 microarchitecture. Its strength is the configuration of 12 cores and 24 threads, which makes it position well in professional applications and work cycles with good parallelism in the processor.

Processors over R$2,000


Now we arrive at the infinite money segment, so the focus here is not just the relationship between cost and performance. But let’s also deliver sensible choices here, taking two approaches. The first is in games.

The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D is often the fastest model, or nearly so, in all of our gaming tests. When the massive amount of cache from 3D V-cache technology shines, it and the other X3D models take the lead. When it doesn’t stand out, Zen4 cores ensure it doesn’t fall far from the top.

For work, the name is the Intel Core i7-14700KF. With 24 cores and 32 threads, this is a processor capable of crushing work in applications such as rendering or with a lot of use of parallel processing. Its cost is below the Core i9 and Ryzen 9, but its performance is almost no different from them.


Guys, I hope this information is useful. Remembering that this is a starting point. After all, prices should and will vary over time, so in your research remember to recalibrate these comparisons considering the new market reality. And when you have your eye on a specific model, we have our analysis section and also this playlist of videos on YouTube full of processors, both in synthetic tests and in action in games.


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