We've already covered the worst processors ever created, so it seemed like time to turn around and talk about the best. The question, of course, is how to define "the best?"
In order to qualify for this article, the CPU should do more than just introduce significant new features or maintain a new set of instructions. Pentium Pro, for example, was a very important chip. He introduced pioneering features that are still in use today and showed that order execution and translation of microoperations are viable techniques for next-generation high-end processors. At the same time, however, Pentium Pro had problems. It was slow when running 16-bit code, and the FPU's productivity was only half of the comparable RISC cores at that time. Pentium Pro is a very important CPU core, in other words – but it does not meet our criteria when we list a list of the best processor cores ever invented.
To see which cores are measured, check the slide show below. Over the last 40+ years we have seen the CPU for mobile devices, servers and desktops extensively . Our choice was based on various factors, including a set of features, market impact, overall product strength and long-term efficiency.
Writing a list of "Best Processors" means that inevitably many of the really good CPUs will be removed from the list. Processors such as Intel 8086 or Motorola 68000 are often regular articles of similar articles because they are transforming the computer industry (launching IBM PCs in one case and starting Macintosh, and Atari ST and Commodore Amiga in the other). ). We are turning to many Intel chips in more detail in our Intel product history, first and second parts. Intel Pentium 4 Northwood, AMD's original K7, as well as processors such as the Core i7-8700K.
Finally, but not least, is Ryzen's latest AMD launch. I did not want to try to choose a single CPU model to put on this list – Ryzen's third-generation processors are on the market for only a few weeks. But one of our processor criteria is that the processor must have transformed the market – and although we may not have the specific Ryzen model described above, family competitiveness has forced Intel to rethink the positioning of its products. Before the release of the Ryzen 7 1800X, an eight-core processor from Intel would cost over $ 1,000. Today, the eight-core Core i7-9700K is $ 365 while the 8-core / 16-core Core i9-9900K works with $ 485 – $ 500. Collective impact of Ryzen.