Trading Computer Processor Comparison

Selecting the Right Processor

The most important decision you'll make in purchasing a new trading computer 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 operating speed and the number of cores. Better single thread performance is beneficial for certain programs such as NinjaTrader 7, ThinkorSwim, etc. Programs such as TradeStation, eSignal or NinjaTrader 8 will benefit from faster multi thread processors.

The platform/chipset will also affect overall system performance. The new Intel Z690 platform now supports DDR5 memory and can be found in our Trader 9000 Elite and Trader 9000 Extreme trading computer models. DDR5 is relatively new and a bit more expensive along with ASUS DDR5 motherboards. If you want to save some money Intel also makes the 12700K and 12900K compatible with DDR4 memory, we sell those system with 2 different models - the Trader 8000 Elite and Trader 8000 Extreme

Ranked Processor Comparison. Listed below are the best Intel & AMD processors we sell in our trading computers.

Intel Core i9 12900K

Built for the next generation of trading computers!


With the highest clock speeds available and a groundbreaking new architecture, you’ll be able to push your trading to new levels while secondary apps run seamlessly in the background. Intel’s new performance hybrid architecture integrates two core families into a single CPU, this keeps your trading programs running smoothly and at the fastest performance.

  • 16 cores total - 8 performance cores + 8 efficient cores. 24 Threads (16 on performance-cores, 8 on efficient-cores).
  • Single performance core base speed 3.2GHz. Single performance core max speed 5.2GHz.
  • Single efficient core base speed 2.4GHz. Single efficient core max speed 3.9GHz.
  • 30MB of Intel Smart Cache.
  • 20 total CPU PCIe lanes.
  • Support for PCIe Gen 5 and the new DDR5 memory standard.
  • The 12900K is unlocked and overclockable.

Intel Core i7 12700K

Built for the next generation of trading computers!


The Intel Core i7 12700K processor is our #2 ranked best desktop trading computer processor. The big leap forward with 12th Gen chips is Intel's new Thread Director. This prioritizes and manages workloads, sending tasks to the best core needed for the job.

  • 12 cores total - 8 performance cores + 4 efficient cores. 20 Threads (16 on performance-cores, 4 on efficient-cores).
  • Single performance core base speed 3.6GHz. Single performance core max speed 5.0GHz.
  • Single efficient core base speed 2.7GHz. Single efficient core max speed 3.8GHz.
  • 25MB of Intel Smart Cache.
  • 20 total CPU PCIe lanes.
  • Support for PCIe Gen 5 and the new DDR5 memory standard.
  • The 12700K is unlocked and overclockable.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Traders looking for the most powerful AMD stock trading computer.


The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is our #3 ranked best desktop trading computer processor. If you want an AMD system this is the processor to get! Ultra fast encoding & rendering with AMD Ryzen 9 Processors and AMD Zen 3 Core Architecture.

  • 16 cores total with 32 threads.
  • Base clock 3.4GHz & max boost clock up to 4.9GHz.
  • Default TDP (power consumption) of 105W.
  • L2 Cache: 8MB & L3 Cache: 64MB
  • Processor Technology for CPU Cores TSMC 7nm FinFET.
  • Supports DDR4 memory.
  • The 5950X is unlocked and overclockable.

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Traders looking for the best value AMD stock trading computer.


The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor is our #4 ranked best desktop trading computer processor. One of the best value processors/platforms considering the lower cost of the platform compared to an Intel system with expensive DDR5 RAM.

  • 12 cores total with 24 threads.
  • Base clock 3.7GHz & max boost clock up to 4.8GHz.
  • Default TDP (power consumption) of 105W.
  • L2 Cache: 6MB & L3 Cache: 64MB
  • Processor Technology for CPU Cores TSMC 7nm FinFET.
  • Supports DDR4 memory.
  • The 5900X is unlocked and overclockable.