Top 10 Most Expensive CPUs for Business Computers
Your CPU (central processing unit) is the core of your system and there’s most expensive CPU in the market. It is also usually the single most expensive part of your computer. Almost every single operation in your computer is handled by your CPU. As a result, the CPU produces a significant amount of heat. Excessive heat can cause instability and even damage to your CPU. Here are the top 10 most expensive CPUs for business computers
10. HP Workstation XW8400 – $297.25
Intel’s latest screaming processor announcements included not only the Core2 Duo and Core2 Extreme, but also the new Dual-core Xeon processor, two of which are the brains behind one of HP’s newest workstations, the xw8400. The Dual-core Intel Xeon 5160 processor in this most expensive CPU is a 64-bit chip that operates at 3GHz, with a 1.3GHz front side bus (technically, 333MHz, but each clock cycle carries four instructions) and includes a 4MB cache.
9. HP Compaq DC5850 – $369.99
This most expensive CPU solid construction, large expandability and dual display capability all begin to add up. While I wouldn’t call it a powerhouse, the dc5850′s hardware are more than capable of meeting any traditional office tasks and then some. The addition of the HD3100 integrated graphics from ATI is a nice bonus, as ATI has some pretty good integrated graphics performance right now.
8. HP Workstation XW9400 – US $374.99
The HP xw9400 Workstation can now be specified with the six-core AMD Opteron 2400 series processors, giving a total of 12 cores overall when two of the processors are paired together. Those multiple cores are coupled with AMD’s latest HyperTransport 3.0 technology (HT3) which boosts interconnect rates to up to 4.8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s).
7. Dell Precision T5400 – $419.99
This most expensive CPU is powered by a single Intel Xeon X5260 3.33 GHz dual-core processor and 8 GB of DDR2 RAM. The 160 GB SATA hard drive will provide plenty of space for critical data and applications and it comes with Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit pre-installed.
6. Lenovo ThinkCentre A58 – $420.95
The most expensive CPU is based on Intel’s Dual Core E5300 processor clocking in a 2.60 GHz with 800MHz front side buss speed and 2MB of level 2 cache. Though that’s likely to be adequate for most users it can be upgraded substantially to an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400. That chip runs at 2.66GHZ clock speed.
5. Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower – $497.99
Powered by the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 processor, the Dell Vostro 230 delivers outstanding efficiency and strength through the use of multi-core technology and hyper-threading. 4GB of memory ensures that graphics and multi-tasking are performed seamlessly. The most expensive CPU is an inexpensive general business computer that is well equipped for the performance of basic office tasks like e-mail, spreadsheets, financial processing and surfing the internet.
4. HP Compaq 6000 Pro – $559.00
The base processor for the most expensive CPU is the Intel Celeron 450 running at 2.20 GHz. The processor is upgradable through Intel Pentium, Intel Core 2 Duo and maxing out with the Core 2 Quad processor running at 2.66 to 3.0 GHz for each core. The HP Compaq 6000 Pro series of computers offer great flexibility for small and medium sized business requirements. They allow for balancing computing needs with financial constraints that any business must consider and offer a lot of bang for the buck.
3. Apple iMac – $1,199.00
Apple has loaded the iMac with some impressive power features. The most expensive CPU, when deployed in a thoughtful manner, could be the perfect machine for the average business user. New Mac users may experience a short learning curve when migrating from a PC. Clearly, the cost of the base machine is much higher than it is for a comparable PC, however, many are finding that the time and cost spent is well worth the effort.
2. Dell Precision T5500 – $1,369.00
Dell Precision T5500 workstations are specifically designed for graphics-intensive professionals who need lots of processing power. Nonetheless, they’re small in size and the prices begin at very reasonable levels. Typical of high-end computers, adding options can increase prices substantially but the flexibility that is afforded by the easy customization process allows users to buy just exactly what they need. Dell’s customer support is consistently among the best and the most expensive CPU is a great option for many businesses.
1. Apple Mac Pro Dual-core Xeon 5150 MA356LL/A – $2,589.00
Boasting TWO Dual Core Xeon 2.66 GHz processors, you won’t notice that the Mac Pro only has 1 GB of RAM. The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT may not be the powerhouse GPU that’ll render seventy gazillion polygons in half a second, but is plenty for both the average and expert business user alike. Transferring files to and fro is as fast as ever, whether using either of the gigabit Ethernet ports, or one of the two FireWire 800 ports. The most expensive CPU is a good choice for all your business-related needs, both for its relatively low price, and above-average upgradeability.