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There are a ton of CPUs available right now, and we're looking at the best CPUs for 2023, and this year is particularly confusing. In some ways, it's a good problem because that means there are a lot of options. The difference, the past couple of years versus the many years prior, is that last generation parts remain abundant right now alongside new components. This creates kind of an odd schism down the stack where there's clear good options, but from a last generation. So, you're either buying into an end-of-life platform (hopefully you already own it, and you're just doing a drop-in upgrade) or buying into a new platform.
We're going to be walking you through the best CPUs in multiple categories. We're looking at best overall, best gaming, best balance, best budget options, HEDT options, and a category we particularly like, which is most power-efficient. For that one we had to choose two CPUs because one of them is unattainably expensive.
Update: We just published our Best GPUs of 2023 round-up as well!
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