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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
2,946 738
Intel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

2
2,088 553
Advanced Micro Devices is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry

3
1,156 437
NVIDIA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Game4life added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

4
732 383
Qualcomm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Telecommunications equipment, Telecommunications, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

5
357 206
Hewlett-Packard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
HimanshuSwagat added Software, Computer hardware, Electronic Computer Manufacturing

6
459 404
Motorola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Telecommunications, Radio and Television Broadcasting and Communications Equipment, Electronic Components

7
237 166
Acer Inc. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
krista-kent added Computer industry, Computer hardware, Electronics industry

8
245 241
MediaTek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
gvenez added

Semiconductor company, System-on-chip products

9
218 318
Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Computer systems, Computer software

10
174 265
GlobalFoundries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
LarryBush added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

11
163 262
TI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

12
164 262
Marvell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductor company

13
162 270
Via is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Computer hardware

14
103 182
Cyrix is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

15
123 235
Freescale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

16
75 55
ARM Holdings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers

Semiconductors

17
56 101
Rockchip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
babywil88 added

Fabless semiconductor, Consumer electronics

18
101 222
Transmeta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Intellectual property

19
57 109
Atmel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
jmaster73 added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing

20
68 158
MSNCC-Microcell is listed (or ranked) 20 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.

21
79 165
Rise Technology is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added

Microprocessor manufacturer

22
83 176
IDT is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added

Semiconductor industry

23
78 172
Tilera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
AllOfEve added Computer, Semiconductor industry

24
29 29
Renesas Electronics is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CPU Manufacturers
PrashanthKumarGN added Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Semiconductor industry