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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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Intel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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Advanced Micro Devices is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry
3
NVIDIA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Game4life added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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Qualcomm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Telecommunications equipment, Telecommunications, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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Motorola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Electronic Components
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Hewlett-Packard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
HimanshuSwagat added Software, Computer hardware, Electronic Computer Manufacturing
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Acer Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
krista-kent added Computer industry, Computer hardware, Electronics industry
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MediaTek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
gvenez added

Semiconductor company, System-on-chip products

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Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Computer systems, Computer software

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GlobalFoundries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
LarryBush added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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TI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

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Marvell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductor company

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Via is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Computer hardware

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ARM Holdings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

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Cyrix is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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Freescale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

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Rockchip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
babywil88 added

Fabless semiconductor, Consumer electronics

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Transmeta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Intellectual property
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MSNCC-Microcell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
extrudestudios added
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.
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Atmel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
jmaster73 added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
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IDT is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added

Semiconductor industry

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Rise Technology is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added

Microprocessor manufacturer

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Tilera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added Computer, Semiconductor industry
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Renesas Electronics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
PrashanthKumarGN added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry