The 10 Best Desktop Chips Of 2010 (So Far)


Value Desktop CPU

How about a sub-$100 quad-core desktop processor? Look no further than the Athlon II X4 635 from AMD, a 2.9GHz, 95W chip that drops into the AM3 socket and is an attractive update to the Athlon II X4 630 for value-minded consumers.

Intel’s most competitive product in this low, low end of the price band is the Core i3 530, a dual-core, 32nm chip which is about $15 more expensive than the quad-core, 45nm Athlon II X4 635. Though at 4MB, the Core i3 530 does have double the L2 cache.

Release date: Jan. 25, 2010

Price: $99