Loaded with one megabyte or more of L2 cache and boasting extremely high clock speeds, these six CPUs are the Ferraris of the processor world: Practically no one needs them, but they sure are fun to drive. These CPUs offer such outrageous performance they merit a category all to themselves. At $1,000 a pop, they're not cheap, either. All CPUs in this category support 64-bit computing.
While no one would refuse such power, the only people who really need this level of performance are:
And that's it. The price delta between these CPUs and ones in the high-end category does not justify their purchase for anyone else.
Note: Intel's and AMD's CPUs run at different clock speeds. This does not indicate faster or slower performance.
Meet The CPUs
AMD FX-57: If you're looking for superior performance -- in games and otherwise -- AMD's FX-57 is the king of CPUs. Running at a clock speed of 2.8GHz, the top of the line for AMD's processors, this CPU features a massive L2 cache of one megabyte. In benchmarks, the FX-57 has posted superior performance numbers in almost every category that doesn't involve multi-tasking. One nice feature of the FX processors is that for the processing power they offer, they don't run at very high temperatures. That typically translates into increased stability. But at $1,016, they're definitely not cheap.