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The Best CPU Manufacturers

Updated October 10, 2018 16.3k votes 6.6k voters 501.3k views24 items

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Below is a ranking of the top CPU manufacturers and top CPU companies. These are the best companies in the CPU field as voted on by users. If you're looking to purchase a CPU then these are the companies and brands you should be looking at. Many of the top CPU manufacturers on this list are preferred by the biggest and best laptop brands in the world, so be sure to check out and vote for yours! Some of these computer chip manufacturers design CPUs for OEMs and greatly impact your computing experience despite not selling directly to consumers.

Manufacturers of CPU hardware can be found in order of quality on this CPU brands list. As easy as buying a prebuilt computer can be, there is a definite satisfaction that comes with building your own PC. Beyond the obvious monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers that sit on your desk, the computer itself requires a CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card, sound card, network card, power supply, hard disk drive, power supply, and a case to put it all in. Some motherboards may also have those separate expansion cards already integrated. If you're careful, you may even be able to build your own custom machine for less money than it would cost for a pre-built model.

These are some of the factors to consider in evaluating what are the best CPU manufacturers. When you upgrade your hardware, you can also sell the individual components to help offset your costs. If you want another expert opinion, check out these CPU reviews.

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  • 1
    2,229
    595

    AMD

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry
  • 2
    2,900
    860

    Intel

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 3
    1,216
    413

    NVIDIA

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 4
    772
    362

    Qualcomm

    Telecommunications equipment, Telecommunications
  • 5
    415
    271

    Hewlett-Packard

    Software, Computer hardware
  • 6
    293
    218

    Acer Inc.

    Computer industry, Computer hardware
  • 7
    404
    381

    Motorola

    Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment
  • 8
    274
    267

    Semiconductor company, System-on-chip products

  • 9
    147
    246

    GlobalFoundries

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 10
    148
    236

    Semiconductor company

  • 11
    132
    101

    Semiconductors

  • 12
    175
    293

    Computer systems, Computer software

  • 13
    47
    78

    Renesas Electronics

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry
  • 14
    131
    234

    Semiconductors

  • 15
    92
    173

    Cyrix

    Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 16
    126
    235

    Computer hardware

  • 17
    57
    129

    Fabless semiconductor, Consumer electronics

  • 18
    56
    123

    Atmel

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • 19
    92
    195

    Semiconductors

  • 20
    63
    150

    Microprocessor manufacturer

  • 21
    69
    154

    Semiconductor industry

  • 22
    60
    147
    A international operating semiconductor manufacturer that works for big Companies like Seagate (Cpu's for their manufacturing machines), IBM (Servermotherboards), Microsoft (Surface 4 Prototype CPU), Sony (Phone CPU's) and for many others.
  • 23
    69
    163

    Tilera

    Computer, Semiconductor industry
  • 24
    75
    184

    Transmeta

    Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing