Best value processors under $300

We rated the processors with best price to performance ratio under $300. CPUs of all vendors and markets (desktop, notebook, server) participate. CPUs with no known benchmark results or prices are not present in the rating.

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# CPU Type Socket Rating Performance Cores/threads Year Price now Power consumption
1
Intel Xeon L5520
Intel Xeon L5520
server Intel Socket 1366100.00 13.08 4/8200913 USD60 W
2
Intel Xeon L5530
Intel Xeon L5530
server Intel Socket 136691.77 12.97 4/8200914 USD60 W
3
Intel Xeon X5550
Intel Xeon X5550
server Intel Socket 136691.28 15.96 4/8200917 USD95 W
4
Intel Xeon W3540
Intel Xeon W3540
server Intel Socket 136680.93 16.32 4/8200920 USD130 W
5
Intel Xeon L5630
Intel Xeon L5630
server Intel Socket 136673.98 12.98 4/8201017 USD40 W
6
Intel Xeon X5650
Intel Xeon X5650
server Intel Socket 136672.27 21.95 6/12201030 USD95 W
7
Intel Xeon E5-2440
Intel Xeon E5-2440
server Intel Socket 136661.44 27.37 6201244 USD95 W
8
Intel Xeon E5620
Intel Xeon E5620
server Intel Socket 136654.40 14.32 4/8201026 USD80 W
9
Intel Xeon L5640
Intel Xeon L5640
server Intel Socket 136652.44 18.58 6/12201035 USD60 W
10
Intel Celeron G540
Intel Celeron G540
desktop Intel Socket 115551.39 6.55 2/2201113 USD65 W
11
Intel Xeon W3520
Intel Xeon W3520
server Intel Socket 136651.36 15.08 4/8200929 USD130 W
12
Intel Xeon E5530
Intel Xeon E5530
server Intel Socket 136646.36 13.61 4/8200929 USD80 W
13
Intel Xeon 5160
Intel Xeon 5160
server Intel Socket 77144.92 5.83 2/2200613 USD80 W
14
AMD Opteron 6376
AMD Opteron 6376
server AMD Socket G3441.74 27.47 16/16201265 USD115 W
15
Intel Xeon E5540
Intel Xeon E5540
server Intel Socket 136640.44 14.33 4/8200935 USD80 W
16
Intel Xeon X5687
Intel Xeon X5687
server Intel Socket 136640.08 21.10 4/8201152 USD130 W
17
AMD Athlon II X2 215
AMD Athlon II X2 215
desktop AMD Socket AM338.47 4.67 2/2200912 USD65 W
18
Intel Core i3-530
Intel Core i3-530
desktop Intel Socket 115637.78 7.65 2/4201020 USD73 W
19
Intel Xeon E5-2670
Intel Xeon E5-2670
server Intel Socket 201137.01 35.97 8201296 USD115 W
20
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
desktop Intel Socket 77536.84 5.59 2/2200915 USD65 W
21
Intel Xeon E5-4650
Intel Xeon E5-4650
server Intel Socket 201136.77 35.36 8201295 USD130 W
22
AMD Athlon II X4 638
AMD Athlon II X4 638
desktop AMD Socket FM136.24 9.54 4/4201226 USD65 W
23
Intel Core i3-3220
Intel Core i3-3220
desktop FCLGA115535.73 12.66 2 / 4201235 USD55 W
24
Intel Xeon 5148
Intel Xeon 5148
server Intel Socket 77135.66 4.74 2/2200613 USD40 W
25
Intel Celeron G1101
Intel Celeron G1101
desktop Intel Socket 115634.84 4.97 2/2201014 USD73 W
26
Intel Xeon X5670
Intel Xeon X5670
workstation Intel Socket 136634.48 23.39 6/12201067 USD95 W
27
Intel Pentium E5700
Intel Pentium E5700
desktop Intel Socket 77534.13 5.18 2/2201015 USD65 W
28
Intel Xeon E5-2660
Intel Xeon E5-2660
server Intel Socket 201133.89 32.94 8201296 USD95 W
29
Intel Celeron G550
Intel Celeron G550
desktop Intel Socket 115533.75 6.83 2/2201220 USD65 W
30
Intel Pentium E6700
Intel Pentium E6700
desktop Intel Socket 77533.49 5.76 2/2201017 USD65 W
31
AMD Phenom II X3 B77
AMD Phenom II X3 B77
desktop AMD Socket AM333.44 9.14 3/3201027 USD95 W
32
AMD Opteron 6380
AMD Opteron 6380
server AMD Socket G3432.99 30.06 16/16201290 USD115 W
33
AMD FX-8350
AMD FX-8350
desktop AM3+32.94 26.68 8 / 8201280 USD125 W
34
AMD Opteron 6276
AMD Opteron 6276
server AMD Socket G3432.72 26.50 16/16201180 USD115 W
35
Intel Pentium P6100
Intel Pentium P6100
notebook PGA98832.51 3.95 2 / 2201012 USD35 W
36
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
notebook PPGA47832.23 3.26 2 / 2200810 USD34 W
37
Intel Xeon W3503
Intel Xeon W3503
server Intel Socket 136631.91 5.24 2/2200916 USD130 W
38
Intel Xeon E5630
Intel Xeon E5630
server Intel Socket 136631.82 15.14 4/8201047 USD80 W
39
Intel Xeon E5520
Intel Xeon E5520
server Intel Socket 136631.09 13.22 4/8200942 USD80 W
40
AMD FX-6300
AMD FX-6300
desktop AMD Socket AM3+30.75 18.99 6/6201261 USD95 W
41
Intel Xeon 5130
Intel Xeon 5130
server Intel Socket 77130.32 4.07 2/2200613 USD65 W
42
Intel Xeon E5-2665
Intel Xeon E5-2665
server Intel Socket 201130.30 34.36 82012112 USD115 W
43
Intel Xeon X5675
Intel Xeon X5675
server Intel Socket 136629.90 24.22 6201180 USD95 W
44
Intel Pentium G640
Intel Pentium G640
desktop Intel Socket 115529.67 7.51 2/2201225 USD65 W
45
Intel Xeon E5-4617
Intel Xeon E5-4617
server Intel Socket 201129.55 26.92 6201290 USD130 W
46
Intel Celeron G1610
Intel Celeron G1610
desktop Intel Socket 115529.32 7.42 2/2201225 USD55 W
47
AMD FX-8320
AMD FX-8320
desktop AMD Socket AM3+28.44 23.90 8/8201283 USD125 W
48
AMD Athlon II X3 440
AMD Athlon II X3 440
desktop AMD Socket AM327.99 7.65 3/3201027 USD95 W
49
Intel Xeon W3550
Intel Xeon W3550
server Intel Socket 136627.95 16.98 4/8200960 USD130 W
50
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
desktop AM427.84 36.64 6 / 122017130 USD65 W
51
AMD Athlon II X2 260
AMD Athlon II X2 260
desktop AMD Socket AM327.62 5.59 2/2201020 USD65 W
52
Intel Xeon E5-2630
Intel Xeon E5-2630
server Intel Socket 201127.47 26.42 6201295 USD95 W
53
Intel Xeon X5560
Intel Xeon X5560
server Intel Socket 136627.42 16.10 4/8200958 USD95 W
54
AMD FX-8320E
AMD FX-8320E
desktop AMD Socket AM3+27.01 22.42 8/8201482 USD95 W
55
Intel Pentium G620
Intel Pentium G620
desktop Intel Socket 115526.99 6.83 2/2201125 USD65 W
56
Intel Xeon X5667
Intel Xeon X5667
server Intel Socket 136626.47 18.76 4/8201070 USD95 W
57
Intel Xeon E5640
Intel Xeon E5640
server Intel Socket 136626.23 15.67 4/8201059 USD80 W
58
Intel Pentium G850
Intel Pentium G850
desktop Intel Socket 115526.21 7.96 2/2201130 USD65 W
59
AMD A8-9600
AMD A8-9600
desktop AMD Socket AM425.73 14.85 4/4201757 USD65 W
60
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
desktop AM425.51 41.06 8 / 162017159 USD65 W
61
AMD FX-8300
AMD FX-8300
desktop AMD Socket AM3+25.26 23.02 8/8201290 USD95 W
62
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
desktop AMD Socket AM425.25 39.36 6/122017154 USD95 W
63
AMD Athlon II X3 425
AMD Athlon II X3 425
desktop AMD Socket AM325.24 6.90 3/3200927 USD95 W
64
Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
Intel Core 2 Duo T6500
notebook PGA47825.24 3.83 2 / 2200915 USD35 W
65
Intel Xeon E5-2640
Intel Xeon E5-2640
server Intel Socket 201125.16 27.76 62012109 USD95 W
66
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
desktop Intel Socket 77525.09 3.30 2/2200613 USD65 W
67
Intel Xeon W3565
Intel Xeon W3565
server Intel Socket 136624.99 17.71 4/8200970 USD130 W
68
AMD FX-4300
AMD FX-4300
desktop AMD Socket AM3+24.69 14.00 4/4201256 USD95 W
69
Intel Pentium E5300
Intel Pentium E5300
desktop Intel Socket 77524.34 4.59 2/2200819 USD65 W
70
AMD Athlon II X2 270
AMD Athlon II X2 270
desktop AMD Socket AM324.24 5.89 2/2201124 USD65 W
71
AMD Athlon II X3 435
AMD Athlon II X3 435
desktop AMD Socket AM324.23 7.36 3/3200930 USD95 W
72
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400
notebook PGA47824.12 3.66 2 / 2200915 USD35 W
73
Intel Pentium E5500
Intel Pentium E5500
desktop Intel Socket 77524.11 4.88 2/2201020 USD65 W
74
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
desktop AM4 (1331)24.09 40.24 6 / 122018165 USD65 W
75
Intel Pentium E5400
Intel Pentium E5400
desktop Intel Socket 77523.52 4.76 2/2200920 USD65 W
76
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
desktop AM423.39 20.13 4 / 4201785 USD65 W
77
Intel Xeon L5638
Intel Xeon L5638
server Intel Socket 136623.38 16.57 6/12201070 USD60 W
78
AMD FX-8370
AMD FX-8370
desktop AMD Socket AM3+22.94 26.94 8/82014116 USD125 W
79
Intel Xeon E5-2650
Intel Xeon E5-2650
server Intel Socket 201122.90 30.14 82012130 USD95 W
80
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400
desktop Intel Socket 77522.88 9.96 4/4200843 USD95 W
81
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
desktop AM4 (1331)22.85 42.80 6 / 122018185 USD95 W
82
AMD Phenom II X4 925
AMD Phenom II X4 925
desktop AMD Socket AM322.85 10.18 4/4200944 USD95 W
83
Intel Xeon E5-2620
Intel Xeon E5-2620
server Intel Socket 201122.81 23.55 62012102 USD95 W
84
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
desktop AM422.68 21.81 4 / 4201895 USD65 W
85
Intel Core 2 Duo T5850
Intel Core 2 Duo T5850
notebook 22.24 3.58 2 / 2200816 USD34 W
86
Intel Xeon E5-2640 v2
Intel Xeon E5-2640 v2
server Intel Socket 201122.10 30.43 8/162013136 USD95 W
87
Intel Pentium G2010
Intel Pentium G2010
desktop Intel Socket 115521.84 7.74 2201335 USD55 W
88
AMD Athlon II X3 460
AMD Athlon II X3 460
desktop AMD Socket AM321.63 8.54 3/3201139 USD95 W
89
Intel Pentium G840
Intel Pentium G840
desktop Intel Socket 115521.56 7.64 2/2201135 USD65 W
90
AMD Athlon II X4 630
AMD Athlon II X4 630
desktop AMD Socket AM321.46 9.34 4/4200943 USD95 W
91
AMD Opteron 6386 SE
AMD Opteron 6386 SE
server AMD Socket G3421.43 32.54 16/162012150 USD140 W
92
AMD Phenom II X3 B75
AMD Phenom II X3 B75
desktop AMD Socket AM321.39 8.66 3/3200940 USD95 W
93
Intel Core 2 Duo T6600
Intel Core 2 Duo T6600
notebook PGA47821.22 4.06 2 / 2200919 USD35 W
94
AMD A10-9700
AMD A10-9700
desktop AMD Socket AM421.15 16.06 4/4201775 USD65 W
95
Intel Core i5-2500S
Intel Core i5-2500S
desktop Intel Socket 115521.13 16.04 4201175 USD65 W
96
AMD Athlon II X3 455
AMD Athlon II X3 455
desktop AMD Socket AM320.90 8.25 3/3201039 USD95 W
97
Intel Pentium G4400
Intel Pentium G4400
desktop Intel Socket 115120.86 10.56 2/2201550 USD51 W
98
Intel Xeon E3-1260L
Intel Xeon E3-1260L
server Intel Socket 115520.79 18.10 4/8201186 USD45 W
99
AMD Opteron 6282 SE
AMD Opteron 6282 SE
server AMD Socket G3420.65 27.18 16/162011130 USD140 W
100
Intel Xeon E5-2430L
Intel Xeon E5-2430L
server Intel Socket 136620.58 21.67 62012104 USD60 W