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The Best CPU Manufacturers

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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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  • AMD
    1
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry
    Amazon
  • Intel
    2
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • NVIDIA
    3
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Qualcomm
    4
    Telecommunications equipment, Telecommunications, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Hewlett-Packard
    5
    Software, Computer hardware, Electronic Computer Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Acer Inc.
    6
    Computer industry, Computer hardware, Electronics industry
    Amazon
  • ARM Holdings
    7

    ARM Holdings

    Amazon

    Semiconductors

  • Motorola
    8
    Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Electronic Components
    Amazon
  • Semiconductor company, System-on-chip products

  • Renesas Electronics
    10
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry
    Amazon
  • GlobalFoundries
    11
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Marvell
    12

    Marvell

    Amazon

    Semiconductor company

  • Sun
    13

    Computer systems, Computer software

  • TI
    14

    Semiconductors

  • Cyrix
    15
    Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Via
    16

    Computer hardware

  • Freescale
    17

    Freescale

    Amazon

    Semiconductors

  • Transmeta
    18
    Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Intellectual property
    Amazon
  • Atmel
    19
    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Amazon
  • Rockchip
    20

    Rockchip

    Amazon

    Fabless semiconductor, Consumer electronics

  • Rise Technology
    21

    Rise Technology

    Amazon

    Microprocessor manufacturer

  • IDT
    22

    Semiconductor industry

  • MSNCC-Microcell
    23

    MSNCC-Microcell

    Amazon
    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.
  • Tilera
    24
    Computer, Semiconductor industry
    Amazon