Most popular processors in the first half of 2022

Posted by Stefan on 2022-07-05, Last updated:
In the past we had repeatedly written about our most popular processors. Since this format was quiet popular, I would like to continue today and introduce you to the most popular processors in the first half of 2022. With more than 2 million page views per month, CPU-Monkey is one of the biggest processor comparison sites.

Our site is currently available in 16 languages. Our data is carefully researched and maintained. Our large community, which carries out and transmits benchmarks and draws our attention to any errors, helps us a lot.

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In order to give you a better overview of the almost 3,000 processors in our database, we have already created CPU-Rankings in the past, where you can quickly find a specific processor, for example the currently fastest gaming processors.

The ranking shown here is based on the worldwide views of all processors available on CPU-Monkey in the period from January to June 2022. The actual popularity of the processors may differ from our ranking and may differ in your country.

10th place - Intel Core i7-12700K


With 12 CPU cores and 20 threads, the Intel Core i7-12700K (Alder Lake) is in 10th place. The 12th generation of the Intel Core i series is based on a completely new hybrid architecture and uses CPU cores of different sizes for the first time in the mainstream products by Intel.

We are already familiar with this hybrid structure from many smartphone processors, but AMD and Intel have always relied on CPU cores of the same size. At the end of 2022, Intel will already present the successor generation Raptor Lake, which will increase the clock frequencies and the number of small CPU cores while at the same time requiring less energy.

9th place - AMD Ryzen 5 3600


The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 is an old friend and regularly one of the most popular processors. 6 cores and 12 threads are currently sufficient for almost all PC games and the processor is affordable. The third generation of AMD Ryzen processors is characterized by a level 3 cache that is twice as large and is quite efficient.

8th place - AMD Ryzen 7 5800X


With 8 CPU cores and 16 threads, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is prepared for all requirements. Both current games and professional applications are no problem for the processor. External devices such as a dedicated graphics card can be connected to the system via the fast PCIe 4.0 standard.

Place 7 - AMD Ryzen 5 5500U


Our currently most popular mobile processor from AMD is the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U. The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U has 6 CPU cores and can process 12 threads simultaneously. Although its name suggests otherwise, the processor is still based on AMD's older Lucienne architecture (Zen 2). Its biggest advantage is the price with sufficient performance. It is installed in many entry-level notebooks.

6th place - AMD Ryzen 5 5600G


The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G also has 6 cores. The desktop processor is based on the 3rd Zen generation (Cezanne) and is one of the few AM4 processors that have an internal graphics unit (iGPU). The AMD Radeon 7 Graphics (Renoir) is fast enough to let you play older games in low to medium resolutions. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is also suitable for small Mini-ITX systems because it can be used without an external graphics card.

5th place - AMD Ryzen 5 5600X


The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is very similar to our 6th place. It also has 6 cores and 12 threads, but does come without an iGPU. In return, the processor can clock a little higher in Turbo mode. With 32 MB, it also has a level 3 cache that is twice as large. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X also is an ideal gaming processor.

4th place - AMD Ryzen 5 4500


A real price-performance bargain is the AMD Ryzen 5 4500. Although the processor is based on the older Zen 2 architecture and only has an 8 MB level 3 cache, its performance is still sufficient for most games and applications. For currently around 115 USD you get 6 cores and 12 threads and that is an absolutely unbeatable price. The processor is often used for upgrading computers utilizing the AM4 platform.

3rd place - AMD Ryzen 9 5900X


The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X takes a completely different approach. With 12 cores and 24 threads, the processor is a computing monster that can handle just about any task. At 450 USD, the processor is of course not cheap and is aimed at professional users who need a lot of computing power.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is suitable e.g. in a workstation for fast video editing. But its also a good gaming processor thanks to its maximum clock frequency of 4.8 GHz.

2nd place - Intel Core i7-10850H


In second place is the Intel Core i7-10850H, a fast mobile processor from Intel. The Intel Core i7-10850H also has 6 cores and 12 threads, but does not yet use the hybrid core structure introduced with Alder Lake.

The Intel Core i7-10850H is based on the Comet Lake architecture and is still manufactured in 14 nm. The energy requirement is quite high under full load. Nevertheless, many notebook manufacturers rely on this processor. It can be found, for example, in the ASUS ZenBook Pro, HP ZBook Studio G7 or the Lenovo ThinkPad P1.

1st place - Apple M2


First introduced at the beginning of June 2022, the new Apple M2 processor made it straight to number 1. Its 8 CPU cores are made up of 4 fast cores and 4 efficient cores. The processor is strong and extremely economical. No wonder, then, that the processor is so popular with our visitors. The performance improvements compared to the predecessor, the Apple M1, are between 15 and 20 percent.

Apple uses the improved 5 nm manufacturing process in the Apple M2 to increase the clock frequencies of both the CPU cores and the internal graphics unit. The TDP was also increased, which now allows a higher power consumption of the chip at 22 watts. The Apple M1 processor ended at 15 watts.


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