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Best CPU For Gaming

Posted on31 January 2020

The best CPU for gaming has to be the processor to offer the heady combination of powerful single-threaded performance, some tasty multi-threaded processing chops.

Despite the dominance of multi-core CPUs in today’s gaming rigs, the difficulty in coding for chips with multiple processor cores has meant we’re still not seeing many modern game engines taking full advantage of the powerful CPUs many of us now have in our machines. In fact, since AMD has decided to take the fight to Intel in terms of core-count, even six cores is becoming more and more common.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
- The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 isn’t just a great gaming CPU with serious multi-threading chops, it’s also an incredibly good value chip, too. Previous incumbent, the Ryzen 5 2600, remains a solid choice for the value-oriented PC builder while stocks last and prices are low, but the Zen 2 architecture adds more than enough value to justify the latest and greatest chip.

What we like = Great value , Fantastic single core performance, Heaps of multithreaded pace , Wraith Stealth included

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
 - A mix of multi-threaded computational chops, decent gaming performance, and great value then look no further than the Ryzen 7 3700X. It’s a well-priced Zen 2 CPU that drastically improves on the overall performance of its predecessor. it’s still got gaming performance that’s comparable with Intel’s top chips when you’re gaming at 1440p or 4K. That makes it a great chip in productivity terms and a CPU with gaming performance that is practically indistinguishable from the Intel competition in any GPU-bound game.

What we like = Serious multi-threaded performance, Great value for a 16-thread CPU ,Top gaming performance

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
 - The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X currently rules the Zen 2 roost and the multithreaded market. With 12 cores split into 24 threads, it’s got the raw power to chomp through almost any creative or professional workload. And thanks to Zen 2’s unique modular topology, the 3900X’s dual chiplets manage to clock up to an impressive 4.6GHz. That’s enough to drive impressive frame times in games, too.

What we like = 12 cores and 24 threads , Fastest Ryzen processor to date, PCIe 4.0 support

 - The Intel Core i9 9900K is the world’s fastest gaming CPU, but its painfully high price tag means it doesn’t get our nod as the outright best CPU for gaming. But if money really isn’t a thing for you then the octa-core from Intel is the best processor to pair with your high-end graphics card

When it comes to GPU-bound games, which are the majority of titles, even with a proper high-end graphics card there isn’t a huge amount of difference between the in-game performance of Intel’s top chip and AMD’s high-end octa-core CPU, the 3700X, especially at 4K. It is a great chip from a technical and performance point of view, but as a value proposition – especially in the face of fierce competition from AMD

What we like = fastest gaming processor around, Perfect CPU for RTX 2080 Ti