Trading Computer Processor Comparison

Selecting the Right Processor

The most important decision you'll make is selecting the processor. Just selecting the most expensive processor might not be the right decision.

There are 2 factors to consider when selecting a processor - the single core speed and how many cores it has. Better single thread performance is more important for certain programs such as NinjaTrader 7, ThinkorSwim, etc. Programs such as TradeStation, eSignal or NinjaTrader 8 will benefit from faster multi thread processors.

Ranked Processor Comparison

Listed below are the best processors we sell in our trading computers.

Intel Core i9 10850K

Intel Core i9 10850K

This is the newest offering from Intel. 10th Generation Core i9 10 core, 20 thread processor. 15% faster effective speed vs the AMD 3950X according to the UserBenchmark website ratings. This is the #1 processor we are currently recommending for traders. Significantly less expensive then the AMD 3950X. The Intel Z490 chipset is nothing short of amazing.

  • Operating Frequency: 3.6GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 5.2GHz
  • L3 Cache: 20MB
  • Number of Cores: 10
  • Number of Threads: 20

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

The 3950X offers large gains in threaded workloads. The Core i9-10850K has fewer cores, but can reach up to 5.2GHz in turbo boost clock speed. The Ryzen 9 3950X has a massive 16 cores and 32 threads but can reach only up to 4.7GHz max turbo. The 3950X pushes slightly higher multi-core testing due to its increased physical CPU core count. AMD fans don't worry, this could just as easily have been our #1 pick over the 10850K, both processors offer exceptional performance. We're giving the edge to the 10850K for slightly better single thread per core performance and a lower price point, but for productivity and multi-threaded performance the 3950X packs a lot more CPU in with 16 cores and lets not forget the massive 64MB of L3 cache.

  • Operating Frequency: 3.5GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.7GHz
  • L3 Cache: 64MB
  • Number of Cores: 16
  • Number of Threads: 32

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

The 3900X might be the best overall value for the performance/price. Only slightly higher priced then the 10700K, but packs an additional 4 more CPU cores! The 3900X and 10700K real world performance is very similar, but because of the additional cores it deserves the #3 spot in our lineup. It's important to note that the 3900X has a huge 64 MB of L3 Cache, it dominates the Intel Core i7 10700K with its much smaller 16 MB. This is what sets the Ryzen 9 3900x as the king of CPUs designed for productivity and other tasks besides pure gaming.

  • Operating Frequency: 3.8GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 4.6GHz
  • L3 Cache: 64MB
  • Number of Cores: 12
  • Number of Threads: 24

Intel Core i7 10700K

Intel Core i7 10700K

The 10700K is one of Intel's top performing new 10th generation processors. It is very similar to the previous generation i9 9900K processor that was our top overall processor for over a year. It comes in at a lower cost then the previous gen 9900K and has a nice speed increase from 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz, the turbo also gained a modest bump from 5.0GHz to 5.1GHz. We're going to give the nod to the AMD 3900X for our #3 spot, but the 10700K is no slouch, it holds it's own in gaming and actually outperforms the 3900X (not by much) in some gaming tests. But for productivity the 3900X pulls away with its 12 physical cores.

  • Operating Frequency: 3.8GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 5.1GHz
  • L3 Cache: 16MB
  • Number of Cores: 8
  • Number of Threads: 16

Below are the processors we sell listed by system model.

Intel Core i9 9900K

Intel Processors:

Trading Computer Models:

Intel Core i5 10400 2.9GHz (4.3GHz Max Turbo) 6 Core, 12 Thread Processor

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

Intel Core i5 10600K 4.1GHz (4.8GHz Max Turbo) 6 Core, 12 Thread Processor

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

Intel Core i7 10700K 3.8GHz (5.1GHz Max Turbo) 8 Core, 16 Thread Processor

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

Intel Core i9 10850K 3.6GHz (5.2GHz Max Turbo) 10 Core, 20 Thread Processor

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

Intel Core i9 10900K 3.7GHz (5.3GHz Max Turbo) 10 Core, 20 Thread Processor

Trader 8000 Elite, Trader 8000 Extreme, Trader 9000 Elite, Trader 9000 Extreme

AMD Processors

AMD Processors:

Trading Computer Models:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz - 4.4GHz Max Turbo (6-Core, 12-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite, Trader AMD Extreme, Trader AMD Advanced

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz - 4.4GHz Max Turbo (8-Core, 16-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite, Trader AMD Extreme, Trader AMD Advanced

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9GHz - 4.5GHz Max Turbo (8-Core, 16-Thread)

Trader AMD Pro, Trader AMD Elite, Trader AMD Extreme, Trader AMD Advanced